Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows XP last week. More that 25% of the internet connected PCs are still running Windows XP and the vast majority of them are from enterprises and government agencies. Last week we reported that UK government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April. The agreement is worth £5.548m (over $7.6 million), and covers critical and important security updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, all of which have reached end of life in Microsoft’s normal product cycles. In a similar way, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. ZDNet today reported that Microsoft has reduced the price of such custom support for Windows XP customers. ...

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Most of you might now know about Microsoft Bob, Bob was intended to be a friendly user interface on top of Windows 3.1. It was received very poorly by both consumer and critics. Some media even claimed that Bob is named one of the worst technology products of all time. Internally, Bob’s internal code name was “Utopia” and it was discontinued by Microsoft in 1998. Even though you think that Bob is dead right now, its legacy still lives on in the form of code. It turns out Bob was actually more useful dead than alive. When you intend to distribute your software on a CD, one thing you have to worry about is making sure your product actually fits on a single CD. Fortunately, it so happened that even after taking into account the disk space required for translations, support tools, and the other stuff that has to go onto the Windows XP CD, there was ...

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Microsoft officially ended its support for Windows XP last week. More that 25% of the internet connected PCs are still running Windows XP and the vast majority of them are from enterprises and government agencies. Last we reported that UK government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April.  The agreement is worth £5.548m (over $7.6 million), and covers critical and important security updates for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003, all of which have reached end of life in Microsoft’s normal product cycles. In a similar way, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will be paying Microsoft millions for an extra year of security patches. “Now we find out that you’ve been struggling to come up with $30 million to finish migrating ...

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Windows XP finally hit end-of-life two days ago after 13 years on the market.  While most consumers have moved off Windows XP many enterprises have been dragging their feet in making the upgrade.  Microsoft made it clear it would end support for Windows XP six years ago. Consumers in China are in a more unique situation compared to the rest of world.  It is estimated that nearly 200 millions users in China are still using Windows XP and many of them IE6 too. The Chinese press seem to have taken this as a chance to bad-mouth foreign businesses, while promoting China’s underwhelming domestic software industry. Foreign Policy reports: In an April 8 article published prominently at the top of its website — an area usually dedicated to chronicling Chinese President Xi Jinping’s activities — state-run news agency Xinhua slammed Microsoft’s decision as “extremely irresponsible behavior” that “shows a lack of trustworthiness,” warning ...

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Kirk Glerum was a longtime Microsoft employee who joined the company in 1987 as a software design engineer.  Glerum spent most of his career at the Redmond software working on Office.  Glerum is well known as the father of codename “Watson,” an error reporting system that helped developers fix bugs, which originally debuted in Office.  Glerum is now semi-retired and with Windows XP support ending today he shared the story of how Watson came to Windows: Microsoft officially, finally, and truly, ends support for Windows XP today. Windows XP was the most important OS of my Microsoft days. Really, it was the most important product of my Microsoft days, even though I was an Office guy the whole time. In ’98, while working on Office 2000, I came up with the idea of ‘Watson’, for the forthcoming Office XP. Instead of just having Office apps (Word Excel etc.) crash and ...

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As announced earlier by Microsoft, as of 8th April 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP are no longer available. If you continue to use Windows XP without XP support, your computer may still work but will become vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Why Windows XP Support ended? Windows XP is 12 years old. It’s typical to end service for software as it gets older and technology evolves. Most of us have replaced cell phones and even our cars over the last 12 years – now it’s time to replace your Windows XP computer with a new PC. Or you can check to see if your Windows XP computer can run the new Windows. We’ve outlined your options and are here to support you as you make your next step. Help protect your personal files We want to help your personal files, photos, etc. stay secure. To help ...

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Over the years the UK government consistently chose to continue to stay on Windows XP in an effort to save money.  In fact a study done late last year showed the country’s National Health Service still had 85% of their computer running Windows XP.  Microsoft has been very open about their lifecycle plan to end support for Windows XP and this was announced over six years ago.  In fact Microsoft extended support for Win XP an additional three years to give enterprises and governments the time to make the transition. With end-of-life for Windows XP only 4 days away a deal has been struck with Microsoft.  The government has signed a deal with Microsoft to provide Windows XP support and security updates across the whole UK public sector for 12 months after regular support for the operating system ends on 8 April.  The agreement is worth £5.548m (over $7.6 million), ...

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Microsoft Japan has announced that Resona Holdings Inc. has migrated approximately 30,000 client terminals to Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013. Resona Holdings, which had been running on group client terminals, completed the migration in February 2014, well before Microsoft ends support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 on April 9. This 30,000-unit deployment of Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 is one of the largest ever made. Resona Holdings, which oversees the operations of Resona Bank, Saitama Resona Bank, Kinki Osaka Bank and other group companies, intends to become a “true retail bank that is highly trusted by our customers and the local community.” Its business revitalization plan prioritizes leveraging “All Resona” comprehensive capabilities, promoting cross-selling and reducing operational costs. The key features of Resona Holdings’ migration to Windows 8 and Office 2013 include the following: Significant cost savings by replacing approximately half the group’s client PCs, and ...

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After April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP will no longer be available leaving your PC go unprotected against all security vulnerabilities. Last week, we reported that Microsoft Store is now offering few things that will attract Windows XP customers to upgrade to new PCs. That included a $50 gift card which you can use in Microsoft Store. Microsoft has now updated their offer to include $100 savings instead of $50 gift card. $100 Off – Save $100 when you buy any Surface Pro 2 or select PCs over $599. Excludes Surface 2 and some PCs. 90 days of free support – Receive free premium phone, chat, and sales support for virtually anything you need on your new computer for the first 90 days. Free data transfer – We’ve partnered with Laplink, a data migration service to help you transfer your personal photos, videos, music, and files for free. ...

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Well known security software company AVAST had some harsh criticism for Microsoft.    For six years now we have known Microsoft’s plans of ending security support for Windows XP early next month.  Nevertheless, we have seen large corporations and governments unready to transition off the operating system. AVAST fears a security nightmare: Microsoft recently announced that technical support will no longer be available for Windows XP as of April 8, 2014, ending automatic updates for the operating system. Microsoft will also eventually stop providing anti-malware signature updates to XP users, in 2015. Abandoning Windows XP is a big mistake, especially since Microsoft has not been very successful in transitioning XP users to newer systems. The AVAST database shows that 23.6% of its more than 200 million users is still running Windows XP. The company also calls for users to abandon Internet Explorer and urges users to go to Google Chrome: ...

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The deadline for installing secure operating systems on federal government computers will pass next month with the job incomplete, leaving hundreds of thousands of machines running outdated software and unusually vulnerable to hackers. Federal officials have known for more than six years that Microsoft will withdraw its free support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014.  Despite a recent rush to complete upgrades, an estimated 10 percent of government computers — out of several million — will still be running the operating system on that date, company officials said. That includes thousands of computers on classified military and diplomatic networks, U.S. officials said.  Such networks have stronger defenses generally but hold more sensitive material, raising the stakes for breaches if they occur. Security experts warn that hackers have been preparing for what Microsoft calls the “end-of-life” for Windows XP by stockpiling “vulnerabilities” that amount to skeleton keys that can give ...

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Banks around the world will miss a deadline to upgrade outdated software for automated teller machines (ATMs) and face additional costs to Microsoft to keep them secure.  The Redmond software giant first warned that it was planning to end support for Windows XP in 2007, but only one-third of the world’s 2.2 million ATMs which use the system will have been upgraded to a new platform, such as Windows 7 by the April deadline, according to NCR, one of the biggest ATM makers. To ensure the machines are protected against viruses and hackers many banks have agreed deals with Microsoft to continue supporting their ATMs until they are upgraded, extra costs and negotiations that were avoidable but are now likely to be a distraction for bank executives. “There are certainly large enterprise customers who haven’t finished their migrations yet and are purchasing custom support,” a spokesman for Microsoft said, declining ...

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After April 8, 2014, support and security updates for Windows XP will no longer be available leaving your PC go unprotected against all security vulnerabilities. Microsoft Store is now offering few things that will attract Windows XP customers to upgrade to new PCs. $50 gift card – Buy a PC from the assortment below and get a $50 digital gift card towards any future purchase at Microsoft Store, like Office or PC accessories. 90 days of free support – Receive free premium phone, chat, and sales support for virtually anything you need on your new computer for the first 90 days. Free data transfer – We’ve partnered with Laplink, a data migration service to help you transfer your personal photos, videos, music, and files for free. Find the deals for new PCs at Microsoft Store. ...

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End of life for Windows XP is approaching quickly. In addition to a pop-up notification that Win XP will hit end of life, Microsoft Security Essentials will now give prominent warnings to users running Windows XP. The next Security Essentials engine version, 4.5, is currently available in pre-lease form.  Officially version 4.5 is supported on Windows Vista & Windows 7, but it can be installed on Windows XP. (The product is built into Windows 8) When installed the user will now see a warning with the yellow bar in the image above or the yellow tray icon nearby. These yellow warnings stay up even if the product is completely updated and the system scan is clean. Microsoft released a statement to ZDNet “Windows XP customers already running Microsoft Security Essentials will receive version 4.5 when it ships.” It’s been over a decade, time to get off Windows XP. Source: ZDNet ...

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Microsoft today announced couple of announcements regarding end of life support Windows XP. First, they are offering free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month that will help Windows XP users migrate their data to new PCs running latest OS. Also, from March 8th, 2014, Windows XP customers using the Home or Professional editions who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update will receive an official notification on their desktop screen via Windows Update informing them that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th, 2014. Regarding free tool, To help customers on Windows XP prepare to move to a new PC, we are announcing a free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month. We have partnered with Laplink to provide Windows XP users with a free data migration tool called PCmover Expressf or Windows XP which copies your files and settings from your Windows XP ...

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Microsoft’s Windows XP is nearing its end-of-life date. One of the most glaring bug Windows XP users experienced over their lifetime should be the one related to svchost.exe. The SVCHOST system process would eat up upto 100% of CPU during Windows updates. Because of this, overall system performance will do down significantly. Microsoft is aware of this bug and promised to fix it long back. Microsoft has finally delivered the fix to stop this svcehost issue. As we are just two more patch Tuesdays away from Windows XP’s end of life, it is good to see Microsoft fixing the issue.   In a statement, Dustin Childs, group manager in the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing group said… “On Tuesday, Microsoft depreciated legacy security updates for Internet Explorer that had been replaced by more recent ones. We did this to improve customer experience, reducing the time Windows Update requires to check existing updates before ...

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