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Updated: February 25, 2014 19:14 IST

Microsoft to end support for Windows XP in 28 days

Yuthika Bhargava
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Microsoft is ending its support for Windows XP Operating System from April 8. FIle photo.
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Microsoft is ending its support for Windows XP Operating System from April 8. FIle photo.

To drive adoption of its newer operating systems, Microsoft has announced the end of support for the popular Windows XP from April 8, 2014. The US-based technology giant said continued usage of the OS -- one of the most successful software from the company -- will not only make Indian firms vulnerable to security threats but also triple their annual maintenance cost per PC to USD 300.

The company on Tuesday said the installed ‘Windows XP’ PC base for large enterprises is about 4 million units in India, of which around 84 per cent have migrated from the operating system.

“We want every PC in India to move away from Windows XP before support ends on April 8, 2014. Our customers use Windows OS to run critical processes, which help them at work and in their lives. It is important for them to move from XP. At present about 84 per cent have stopped using this," Microsoft India Managing Director Karan Bajwa told reporters here.

Windows XP, which was launched in 2001, is three generations behind the latest operating system, Windows 8, that was launched in 2012. The Indian businesses have ‘28 working day’ to secure their IT environment and migrate from Windows XP to a higher version, the company said.

Of the 16 per cent still using Windows XP, share of BFSI segment and state-owned enterprises stands at 35 per cent each approximately, followed by manufacturing (17 per cent), communication sector (16 per cent) and IT-ITeS (6 per cent).

Mr. Bajwa said according to research firm IDC the cost of maintaining a PC that runs on Windows XP OS after April 8, could run up to USD 300 per PC per year as against the present cost of USD 75-100.

Moreover, with end of support, Windows XP computers will be a lot more vulnerable to security threats.

“This is a genuine threat to Indian businesses and it is worrying to see that many organizations in critical industries, for example banking, aren’t moving quickly enough,” Mr. Bajwa added.

As per the bi-annual Security Intelligence Report published by Microsoft, Windows XP installations are six times more likely to be infected by malware than Windows 8 machines.

Death of a Star? I agree. And this one will probably go supernova, consuming M$.

from:  michaelmotes
Posted on: Feb 28, 2014 at 02:29 IST

what is it... its so easy to install any IDE on XP and in other OSs i always need a patch to support installation.. don't end its support instead work on it to make it less vulnerable as you mention that windows XP is 6 times vulnerable than Windows 8... and what about those who are using pirated versions of XP and don't want to upgrade to other windows...??? who ever can answer pls mail me your answers...

from:  Adde
Posted on: Feb 27, 2014 at 13:14 IST

I quote "We want every PC in India to move away from Windows XP"
microsoft wants people to move people from windows xp to what? Ubuntu
(linux) a free OS.
--No virus threat like windows.
--No cost of purchasing license from microsoft ending monopoly of MS
while their shares and money increases India sees a drain of
currency making dollars dearer.
--No e-waste as installing new OS on old slower machines makes them
work dead slow prompting people to upgrade and throw away old
working machines. Increasing pollution and waste of precious metals
and creating water land and air pollution.
--You get free Open office software with Ubuntu which work just like
MS office without spending any money.

Only down side you have to spend 2-3 days getting acquainted to Linux
environment. But that there with migrating to newer Microsoft OS as
well. If readers are intelligent they will ponder over this.

from:  raja
Posted on: Feb 26, 2014 at 18:34 IST

Please don't end XP. I can't stand that over hyped Windows 7. Microsoft you are nuts to let go a great OS in XP.

from:  Jackie
Posted on: Feb 26, 2014 at 16:40 IST

The best OS that was ever made. Never crashed for over 4 years on my laptop. Still exists
although hardware has long given up. Microsoft should have built on it instead of trying to
change things and have never recovered 3 OS later.

from:  Paul Raja
Posted on: Feb 26, 2014 at 03:07 IST

Death of a Star. What an Operating System it was. I miss it. RIP Windows XP.

from:  Satish
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014 at 20:54 IST

There should be regulation against this kind of irresponsible behaviour
by companies like Microsoft.

from:  S Divakaran
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014 at 20:38 IST

Why don't they use free open source software?

from:  Aman
Posted on: Feb 25, 2014 at 17:50 IST
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