The end is near. For the Windows XP operating system, that is, whose Microsoft support ends Tuesday -- and companies and several governments are scrambling to find cover.
The XPocalpyse, as it is being called by some, means that security updates and tech support from the tech giant will end for XP as well as for Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, and no new patches will be released. "PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected," the company warns on its Windows support site.
Some large organizations are making special deals with Microsoft. According to the news agency ANP, the Dutch government has signed a deal with the company worth millions of euros to continue XP support through January. The national government is expecting to upgrade as many as 40,000 government workers still using XP to an unspecified new OS by that time. About 40 percent of local Dutch governmental councils are also using the 13-year-old OS, but the Microsoft deal is only for the national government.
The UK government has signed a similar deal, paying 5.5 million euros for 12 months of support for XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003. That deal covers the national and local government, charities, schools and the country's National Health Service. The national government told news media that OS upgrades are expected to be completed for most of the XP users by April of next year.
But it's not just two European governments. An estimated 95 percent of all the ATM machines in the world run XP, and some banks are also signing deals for extended support from Microsoft.
JPMorgan Chase, Citibank, and Wells Fargo have reportedly struck deals to continue security support for their ATMs, although the details -- including service terms and what OS will succeed XP for these machines -- are not clear.
However, the 200,000+ independently run ATMs found in convenience stores or malls run the older Windows CE OS, which is still supported.
'If It Ain't Broke…'
Some analysts estimate that XP is still the OS on as many as 30 percent of the consumer and business Windows-using PCs on the planet. Laura DiDio, principal analyst with Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, told us that her company's surveys find that 72 percent of small- to mid-size businesses with fewer than 300 employees are still running XP and, for mid-sized and large companies, it's about 52 percent.
She pointed out that "OSes typically last for three to four years, and Microsoft has been very upfront about what they were intending to do."
Part of the resistance to letting go of XP, she noted, has been "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," and part is aversion to Windows 8, with its emphasis on touch-screen interfaces. Although updates to 8.1 are modifying that emphasis, DiDio said, many businesses are still skittish about the investment in time, money and training that Windows 8 might entail -- and are preferring Windows 7 if they choose to upgrade within the Microsoft family.
Posted: 2014-04-09 @ 11:36am PT
Paul: you are giving those technocrats too many options. They like rules and stability, not intelligence and flexibility. The will not even notice when their (badly designed) XP apps will keep working using wine (winehq) in whatever flavour of Linux they don't care about.
Posted: 2014-04-08 @ 12:27am PT
Are all these 'doomsday' articles on XP bordering on FUD? Have no fear Linux is here.
Why waste that old Hardware, its bad for Planet Earth.
Get the most worth out of your PC as long as it works well.
How to Break free from the cycle of Planned Obsolesce?!!??
Stay safe with Linux.
There is a very good chance Linux OS will run well with older hardware with lower specs
Switch to the free, safe, secure & awesome OS: www.ubuntu.com/download
Its the worlds most popular free OS. It has free upgrades & security updates. It has a free office suite, LibreOffice that comes standard along with other great apps/programs.
For those who like the Windows look, I would recommend: www.kubuntu.com & for older computer with lower specs www.xubuntu.com or http://lubuntu.net
Or try Linux Mint: http://linuxmint.com
Because the Linux option is free & now so easy (user friendly) one must give it a try. You have so much to gain.
Lots of people give their time, effort & money to make these great products that they just give the world for free. So they may not have the huge ad budgets & would need users like us to spread the word. Although its free, you are welcome to donate if you like the software.
For those worried about Office 2003 support ending try LibreOffice or OpenOffice.
Time to check out the free, safe, secure & feature-packed LibreOffice. Its truly multi-platform & takes just a few minutes & clicks to install.
Try it now you have so much to gain: www.libreoffice.org/download
Thunderbird is excellent as well.
Posted: 2014-04-07 @ 12:25pm PT
How stupid can they be? First of all, they have seen it coming for years. Second, what is the point to continue being dependent on Microsoft when those millions would be enough to buy development of winehq.org so they can run their applications on a really supported operating system.