Microsoft preaches XP conversion
“Microsoft struck a forward-looking tone at its Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) last Monday, using the event to confirm that Windows 8.1 will reach manufacturers by late August. Tuesday's announcements were likewise defined by a push toward Microsoft's emerging 'devices and services' business model, with social enterprise tools and the Internet of Things commanding much of the attention.
Still, for all the talk about the future, WPC has also made clear one of Microsoft's biggest present-day challenges: worldwide, almost 40% of computers still run Windows XP.
As a result, the company is somewhat awkwardly perched between two extremes, rushing toward a mobile, cloud-oriented future even while millions of customers have resisted the new wave in favour of a decade-old product. Windows XP will lose support in April 2014, meaning that users who don't upgrade will no longer receive critical security patches such as those that Microsoft released last week.”
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