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Microsoft issues five month countdown for Windows XP support

Wolfgang Kandek | Dec. 11, 2013
Microsoft introduced Windows XP in 2001, and it became an instant success. It combined the well-received consumer user interface from Windows 98 with the stability of Windows NT, was out-of-the-box Internet capable with an excellent browser -- Internet Explorer (IE) -- and quickly took over the market.

In a pinch, you may still have Windows Vista licenses around from when that operating system was first delivered and you preferred to install XP instead. There are other alternatives; you could follow the lead of the French Gendarmerie which migrated 40,000 desktop computers to an open source platform based on the Firefox browser, Thunderbird e-mail client, OpenOffice word processing and spreadsheet, all running on the Ubuntu variant of the Linux operating system.

If you are still running Windows XP, you are not alone. Figures for the currently installed base data varies widely, though, ranging from low teens to almost 50 percent, according to some sources. Our data indicates that more than 20 percent of all enterprise users are still using Windows XP machines, so it is probable that you can reach out to your peers and see what strategies they are planning to take. One thing is clear: the risk is real and there is little time left, so you need to act now.


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