Whoa, I did not see this coming! Nah, I’m only kidding, this was always on the cards. While Windows XP is now an unsupported platform, at least for most users, Redmond has not abandoned it completely.

And while we raised the question here, Microsoft, it seems, was already in on the act.

Just before the April 8 deadline, the software titan dropped the costs for acquiring custom support for Windows XP computers, thereby making it possible for companies that cannot (or will not) upgrade to keep their machines on the safe side — for a few dollars, obviously.

This report cites anonymous insider sources, and reveals that a company negotiated an extended custom support deal with Microsoft for 10,000 PCs, for a sweet, sweet price of $250,000.

Another company got things discounted to only $3 million, from the initial asking price of $85 million. Microsoft was said to have initially set a price tag of $250 per year for each Windows XP computer that needed to be updated in the first 12 months after end of support.

Now a company spokesperson has actually confirmed this price chop to ZDNet, without providing any specifics, though. So I guess it can safely be said that something is at play here.

But hey, if you are fixing a problem, why not hand it over for $25 a year, instead of $250!

Wise decision, all round? What do you guys and gals think of it? Obviously, this is for businesses only, large businesses at that. But it is an option, and a very valid option for them until they upgrade.

End users, however, have no choice other than to upgrade. Or risk it.

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  1. Big companies always have negotiating power.

  2. As you said, not a surprise. XP anything prices should continue to drop. If they don’t, I’ll question consumers and Microsoft!

  3. I think it’s too big a price cute. 250 to 25 is much to big a jump. 250 to 100 would have been better. I still think any support should be tied to a transition plan. I honestly question if ALL of the groups still on XP HAVE TO stay on it and have no real means of making the change

  4. Almost begins to make you wonder how long it will be before new ‘premium’ deployed hotfixes are somehow illegally packaged & leaked through third parties or pirated out to the masses as post service packs! Many seem so desperate to stick with XP, just how desperate seems unreal. Especially given the figures relating to the still use of even IE6 even today.

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