Convincing users to ditch Windows XP brings multiple benefits to Microsoft. Not only can the company decrease the market share of the ancient (yet popular) OS, it also gets a chance to pitch Windows 8 to prospective customers.

And one such major customer that decided to make the move recently is Bankwest.

The company decided to upgrade to Windows 8, thereby allowing Microsoft to migrate more than 4,000 users from the classic old Windows XP to its shiny new, modern operating system.

ITNews is reporting that Bankwest had already run a pilot program in order to decide whether Windows 8 was the right choice — and now the company has decided to move all its employees to the new OS.

The Australian bank is based in Perth, and according to Colin Jones, head of infrastructure services at the financial institution, Windows 8 brings several advantages like faster boot times and lower licensing costs, while at the same time offering full compatibility with the software applications it uses:

“From a productivity point of view, we make gains from the time you press the power button. Pilot users have reported that start-up times have been massively reduced.”

Microsoft is on track to officially retire Windows XP on April 8, 2014, and these past few months, the software titan has expanded its efforts to move users to a newer operating system.

Redmond regularly issues statements to explain to the Windows XP user base that sticking with the decade old OS beyond its retirement date comes with magnified risks, with flaws that will last forever.

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  • Ray C

    Well, there is no telling how many than 4,000 can eventually turn into. They need to offer them discounts on Surfaces to the level of the educational discounts. A lot of people want the same thing at home they have at work. This is what people don’t get about Windows 8. One person deciding to make the change is not truly 1 new Windows 8 customer. That one person who buys a new Windows 8 computer could tell 2 or 3 co-workers they like it or give them some tips and pointers that might make them feel more comfortable about making the move. When you look at co-workers, friends, family, church members. Every person who finally makes an honest effort to get used to Windows 8, potentially gets the ball rolling for a few more people. Of course that will be balanced out to a small degree by people who don’t like it, but the people who like it will probably be more. Then you also have to take it account that even if I buy it and don’t like it, how many friends and family might actually test my copy and decide it’s not so bad. I could not like it, but me taking it back could be balanced out by showing it to 2 other people and them deciding it’s not so bad.