With just one year to go before it pulls the plug on Windows XP, Microsoft is giving users of the popular but aging operating system an incentive to upgrade: an upgrade discount.
In a promotional website, Microsoft said it is ending support for XP by April 8, 2014 – meaning XP users by then will no longer get security updates.
“Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is unsupported,” it said.
Also, it said many software and hardware vendors will no longer support their products running on Windows XP since they cannot get Windows XP and Office 2003 updates.
Microsoft offered XP users a 15-percent discount off their upgrade if they buy Windows 8 Pro and Office Standard 2013 together.
The offer is valid until June 30, it pointed out.
A separate report on Computerworld said the Microsoft offer targets small- and medium-sized businesses still running XP and Office 2003.
But Computerworld also said the caveat is that customers “must be running XP Professional, the Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013 Standard licenses must be purchased as a package via Microsoft’s Open License program, and the deal is capped at 100 licenses for each.”
It also cited Microsoft’s Open License website showing offers of $188 for each Windows 8 Pro license, and $373 for each Office 2013 Standard license, for a total of $561.
“The 15-percent discount would lower each Windows-Office combo by $84 to $477,” it said.
Presently, Computerworld said Microsoft faces an uphill climb getting customers to abandon Windows XP.
It cited figures from analytics company Net Applications showing 39 percent of all personal computers, and 42 percent of all Windows PCs, ran XP in March.
“Projections using Net Applications’ numbers now suggest that XP will still power a third of all Windows-based systems when the 2014 date ticks by,” it added. — TJD, GMA News
View Microsoft advice here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx