|By Aaron Sims | 7 years ago|
Microsoft really wants XP users to update.
Earlier this month, the Washington-based software giant announced plans to pull the plug on technical support for the Windows XP operating system. The XP operating system, which first released in October of 2001, has remained useful to many of the more casual computer users out there, largely because it worked more efficiently than its flashier and buggier successor, Windows Vista. However, now that Microsoft is ending support on the operating system – and therefore opening it up to a slew of new security vulnerabilities – most users will want to at long last upgrade their laptop or home desktop.
Microsoft, for its part, wants to make sure that these loyal XP users upgrade to newer windows computers. According to an article published recently by CNET, the software company is offering XP veterans a $100 promotion to be used toward a new laptop or desktop available from a Microsoft Store. In addition to the $100 rebate, Microsoft is also offering a free data transfer services – so that customers can get their files off of their decrepit old XP computers and onto their newer machines – and 90 days of free technical support. Customers will either have to purchase a new computer online while using a Windows XP machine or take their XP PC into a physical Microsoft retail store to redeem the benefits of the promotion.
Undoubtedly, this $100 discount program is Microsoft’s way of trying to convert longtime XP fans into paying customers once more. When XP support officially ends on April 8, XP users will be left vulnerable to a variety of cyber threats, a fact that will render their machines more or less unsafe or unusable for internet purposes. In other words, the decision to discontinue XP support will push many users of the operating system to purchase new computers, and Microsoft wants those new machines to be Windows products rather than Macs.
Just in time to mark the ending of XP, Windows has also recently revealed Windows 8.1, the latest version of its latest operating system. Windows 8 was a major departure from previous Microsoft operating systems, and is most efficient when used with touch screen tablets and other devices. However, Windows 8.1 will supposedly be more old-fashioned and mouse-friendly – potentially making it a good fit for customers who have been getting by with Windows XP for the past 12 years.