According to the latest statistics, Windows XP is now powering no less than 33 percent of computers the world over. And this, for Microsoft, is a peculiarly unacceptable figure.
The software giant is all set to officially retire Windows XP April 8, 2014, so that it can shift resources towards other pressing departments. And the company lets no occasion go by to remind everyone that the vintage operating system would soon be vulnerable to attacks.
Tami Reller, the executive vice president of Marketing at the company, talked about Windows at the Intel Developer Forum 2013 in San Francisco.
The senior executive explained that the 11-year-old OS was no longer a secure platform, while emphasizing that it is essential for the XP user base to move to a newer version of Windows. She further noted that Windows 8 is currently the most secure platform that Microsoft has launched up until now.
Brandon LeBlanc, the senior marketing communications manager on the Marketing Group at Microsoft, talked about what the company is doing to move users away from the ancient OS:
“While, we’ve been talking with enterprise customers for years about this deadline, we’re accelerating our efforts across business and consumer audiences. We have a number of programs designed to reduce cost and complexity of migrating like TouchWins, which incents partners to drive PC refresh with Windows 8.1 devices.”
Microsoft has, unofficially at least, confirmed that it wants to see the Windows XP market share drop to levels below 10 percent. The higher the market share is by the time of retirement, the greater the risk for users, businesses, and enterprises.
But the good news is that, Windows XP is slowly showing signs of decline with each passing month.