To help it kill Windows XP as part of the XP Army
2014-02-07 marks 60 days until support for Windows XP will officially die. After that, its malware defs only until that finally craps out sometime next year. After 2014-04-08, everyone running XP will be a target for hackers everywhere.
So, what’s a techie to do? Easy… help Microsoft prevent the PC apocalypse by getting friends and family everywhere to upgrade to a different version of Windows – preferably Windows 8.x – ASAP.
Effectively, as suggested by Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc, you need to find a PC buddy, and if they’re running XP, get them to upgrade or help them purchase a new PC.
Don’t get me wrong. I am all about helping friends and loved ones. I really am…but when most people are so poor, they can’t afford to pay attention, let alone help someone pay for a new PC. What’s more upsetting, is that neither Microsoft nor LeBlanc are offering any kind of price breaks on either Windows 7 or Windows 8.x or on new hardware. While no one at Microsoft actually came out and said, “give your friends and family money so they can upgrade their rig,” the point was clearly taken. They want everyone moving to Windows 8.x ASAP.
While Windows 8 was dirt cheap for a while after its initial release on October 2012, it jacked the price back up to $120 bucks for the consumer version and $200 bucks for the enterprise version. Microsoft also killed Windows 7 during this time, so you have no choice but to move to Windows 8.x at this point, whether you want to or not, whether you like it or not.
Everyone – from OEM’s, to security experts to tech enthusiasts, experts and journalists as well as the consumer community – has been pushing Microsoft to offer a (permanently) affordable SKU of Windows 8.x. If they want the world off of XP, they need to make it super easy and silly not up upgrade immediately.
If this whole thing isn’t a stick in the eye from Microsoft, I really don’t know what is. While I don’t have any PC’s that run XP, either in physical or VM form, at home or at work, I know many people still do. Its likely the 3rd party development community will continue to support XP for a while until all of their customers upgrade, which may or may not happen any time soon.
I think the biggest scenario I’m afraid of, is someone who paid, like, $2500 for their XP computer, who refuses to upgrade, because their determined to get their money’s worth, and they get a huge virus that empties their bank accounts and files a civil suite against the Redmond software company; or worse yet, replace the consumer with a bank (many ATM’s run on Windows XP), and have the same thing happen. That could get ugly.
What do you think? Are you still using Windows XP? Does anyone in your family? Will you buy an upgrade to the OS, or will you buy a new computer, if you upgrade at all? I’d love to hear what you think of this situation, as well as what might happen 61 days from now in the comments section below.