Windows XP support will soon be retired, so all users need to pick another operating system for the next few years, be it Linux, Windows 7, or Windows 8.1.
As far as Microsoft is concerned, Windows 8.1 is the right choice for everyone, pretty much because it’s the safest and fastest Windows version released so far. At least, that’s what Microsoft is claiming.
In a new warning issued to Windows XP users, the software giant emphasizes that time for moving to another OS version is quickly running out, with only 40 days left to make a decision for all those still on this particular platform.
“Because of these security and performance risks, Microsoft recommends updating to a modern operating system, such as Windows 8.1. Upgrading to a modern productivity suite like Office 365 will also substantially improve security, with built-in security and compliance features that protect against malware and other cyberattacks,” the company said in the warning.
What’s more, Microsoft claims that Windows 8.1 is the best Windows yet, as it comes with almost the same feature lineup as Windows 7, with improved performance, faster boot times, and support for touch-capable devices.
“Windows 8.1 builds on the advancements of Windows 7, delivering a faster and more secure operating system that has been designed with the new mobile lifestyle in mind, from exciting new form factors — scaling from 8-inch tablets, two-in-ones and large-screen all-in-ones — to offering major advancements in battery life to support mobility,” it said.
‘But what about the overall costs of the transition to Windows 8.1?’ you might ask. Microsoft is apparently well aware of the fact that moving from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 also involves hardware upgrades, so it could be very expensive in some cases, but the company says that there are plenty of affordable devices out there to make it easier for everyone.
At the same time, Microsoft is making serious efforts right now to bring more affordable PCs and tablets to the market, with people close to the matter reporting that Redmond has lowered Windows price for PC makers building devices below the $250 (€180) price tag in order to bring more PCs and tablets to users.
The price cut is already in place right now, according to sources, but Microsoft is reportedly planning to lower Windows 8.1 system requirements in future updates in order to allow more devices out there to install it, including 7- and 8-inch tablets.