The classic old Windows XP is on a countdown clock, soon to be discontinued by Microsoft next year. And while Redmond has been encouraging users and businesses to upgrade, some users have recently expressed their intentions to stick with the old operating system.
Hardware vendors, on the other hand, are quick to applaud Microsoft’s decision.
HP is one such company that is sees the end of XP support as a remarkable opportunity for the future, keeping in mind that most users would be compelled to upgrade to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.
The senior vice-president of business PCs and solutions at HP, Enrique Lores, was quoted as saying by IT Pro that the company wants to be a Microsoft preferred partner to help users and businesses upgrade from the old operating system.
HP said in a press conference this week:
“Goodbye XP, hello HP! The end of technical support for Windows XP on April 2014 will be an excellent opportunity for HP to help users transition to Windows 7 or Windows 8.
HP’s ambition is to be a Microsoft preferred partner that will deliver the devices that will help consumers and business users make the most of these operating systems.”
The hardware vendor announced that its newer products will not support Windows XP any more. Meaning users that purchase HP devices will have no option than to choose either Windows 7 or Windows 8.
At this point in time, Windows XP still remains the second most popular operating system in the world, and is installed on around 38 percent of computers worldwide.
But the good news is that its market share is indeed declining, even if it is slower than what Microsoft would have hoped for.