Microsoft to Attack Windows XP Users with Upgrade Notifications

Redmond has announced another effort to move users to a newer version of Windows

By on March 3rd, 2014 14:30 GMT

Windows XP support will come to an end on April 8, so Microsoft does its best to make sure that everyone moves to a newer version of Windows until retirement date arrives.

Today, the software giant announced that starting March 8 all users would get a notification on their Windows XP desktop to upgrade, as Windows XP support is ending.

The notification will be delivered via an automatic update to Windows XP machines, so you know what you need to do if you really want to avoid being bothered by upgrade notifications.

“On 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,” Microsoft announced.

The message notification displayed to users will include a link to a Microsoft webpage that will provide information on the upgrade process to a newer OS version, so all users could basically find plenty of details if they need assistance for deploying another platform and transferring data.

“The notification will include a link to our Windows XP End of Support website where Windows XP users can find all the information they need on the end of support for Windows XP and what it means and how they can stay protected against security risks and viruses after April 8th. The notification will reoccur on the 8th of every month unless disabled by the user,” Redmond added.

Notifications will be displayed on Windows XP desktops starting March 8
Notifications will be displayed on Windows XP desktops starting March 8
The problem for Microsoft is that despite all these efforts, plenty of users are still running Windows XP, with recent stats revealing that 29 percent of the desktop computers worldwide are still powered by this particular OS version.

Redmond has promised to continue efforts to convince users to switch to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, with initial plans pointing to a goal of reducing XP’s market share to 13 percent by April 8.

And still, not everyone is willing to upgrade, not necessarily because they don’t want to, but many prefer to wait for Windows 9 before making a decision. Recent speculation has revealed that Windows 9 could arrive as soon as early 2015, as Microsoft has switched to a rapid release cycle supposed to bring new Windows version to the market at a faster pace and thus keep users up-to-date.

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