Redmond obviously is busy convincing everyone that staying with Windows XP is flirting with danger, particularly after April 8, 2014, the date beyond which the software titan will not provide updates for the old OS.
One of the reasons to plan an upgrade — according to Microsoft, at least — is the fact that Windows XP is not what you would call a modern operating system.
In a new blog post, the software titan said that when it comes to a modern OS, user’s only choices should be either Windows 7 or Windows 8. Here is what the company said, raw and uncut:
“A modern OS refers to Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well as a modern browser like IE 8, 9 and 10. These are hardened, secure operating systems built to support users’ needs around security, mobility and overall flexibility. Windows 7 and Windows 8 offer users a great experience while reducing costs and increasing IT manageability”.
While the software titan is more than willing to help users make the jump to a newer version, what about the people and businesses that decide to stick with Windows XP beyond the retirement date? Microsoft says that they will be doing so at their own risk:
“Windows 8 is the modern OS for modern businesses, building on Windows 7 fundamentals like speed, reliability and security, while creating a modern platform designed for a new generation of hardware options.”
While several businesses and enterprises have expressed their plans on moving away from Windows XP in or around its retirement date, a fair fraction are ye to initiate deployment of a new OS, giving rise to security concerns as the 11-year-old operating systems finds its resting place next year.
Microsoft, obviously, hopes and expects a majority of its user base to embrace Windows 8 by early next year, the current uptake of the new platform still remains below expectations.