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Windows XP enjoyed a nice, long run, but after over a decade of faithful service, Microsoft finally pulled the plug on the legacy operating system and discontinued support in April of last year. All but the most diehard fans have since moved on, though it's still installed on more desktops than Windows 8.1, and on almost as many as Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 combined. You can count the U.S. Navy's system among them. According to a contract page at the U.S. Department of Defense, the Navy opted to pay Microsoft over $9.1 million dollars to continue offering custom support services... Read more...
As hard as it might be to believe, Microsoft ceased support for Windows XP last April; the 8th, to be exact. Since then, there has actually been little to report on XP-wise, although earlier this month, we did learn that the classic OS has more users than Windows 8 -- much to Microsoft's chagrin, I'm sure. Realizing that not everyone has moved away from Microsoft's legacy OS yet, or has simply been unable to, Google has vowed to continue supporting the OS with its Chrome browser straight through to the end of 2015. But with this favor comes some sound advice: On April 8, 2014, Microsoft stopped... Read more...
Microsoft ended support for Windows XP a year ago, but that hasn't stopped nearly two out of every 10 Windows users from clinging to the legacy operating system, according to data collected by Net Applications. What's even more interesting about Windows XP's 16.94 percent of the desktop PC market is that it once again has eclipsed the number of Windows 8 and 8.1 users combined.Here's the deal -- based on Net Application's numbers, Windows 8.1 ended March with a 10.55 percent share of the desktop PC market while Windows 8 crossed over in April with a 3.52 percent share. Between the to, that works... Read more...
It appears that there is still some life left in Window’s 8. Microsoft’s current operating system has been a disappointment for the company since its release. While the OS has seen its percentage of user shares increase it has been unable to outpace Windows Vista during the same time period six years ago. According to web analytics firm Net Applications, the combined user share for Windows 8 and 8.1 is at 13.4 percent of the worlds combined number of desktops and notebooks for the month of August. That is up nine-tenths of a percentage point from July and is the first time since May... Read more...
One could make an argument that Microsoft is the king of mixed messages. Just look at how the Redmond software giant has handled Windows XP over the years -- it was given several reprieves before finally being shunned for support, though it still received an out-of-cycle patch for Internet Explorer to address a serious zero-day bug. However, that was a one-time thing, and in a blog post regarding yesterday's Patch Tuesday roll out, Microsoft made it clear that XP is no longer supported. "For those wondering, Windows XP will not be receiving any security updates today. For some time we have been... Read more...
Market research firms have a tendency to separate traditional PC sales (desktops, laptops, and ultrathins) from tablets, but Canalys clumps them together, thereby giving us another angle to analyze the landscape. So, according to Canalys, the two categories combined to reach 123.7 million unit shipments worldwide in the first quarter of 2014, up only 5 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago. A major factor that resulted in the nominal jump is that growth in the tablet sector slowed to 21 percent. We've seen other reports suggesting that tablet demand is cooling off, as consumers are finding... Read more...
Rather than wait around another couple of weeks until this month's scheduled Patch Tuesday to address a security flaw in virtually all versions of its Internet Explorer browser, Microsoft decided the situation was serious enough to warrant an out-of-band security update. The fix has been fully tested and is ready to deploy on affected versions of the browser, which span from from IE6 and later. "The majority of customers have automatic updates enabled and will not need to take any action because protections will be downloaded and installed automatically. If you’re unsure if you have automatic... Read more...
Microsoft is scrambling to fix a security flaw in its Internet Explorer (IE) browser that could allow a hacker to remotely execute malicious code if users visit an infected website. Unfortunately, the security bug is present on just about every version of IE, and if you're a Windows XP user, be advised that no security fix is coming your way now that you're using an unsupported operating system. There have already been what Microsoft claims are "limited, targeted attacks." What's most often the case is that hackers taking advantage of the exploit for nefarious purposes will try to convince a user... Read more...
Since its release back in 2009, Microsoft Security Essentials has become a respected anti-virus / anti-malware solution. Even I, someone who never went out of their way to run such a solution, used it from the get-go due to its solid design and effective scanning. The fact that it was a cost-free solution sure didn't hurt, either. As it is today, though, there are many out there starting to wonder if MSE is all it's cracked up to be. And Microsoft has backed away from the product as of late it seems as well. Hot on the heels of Microsoft's retirement of XP, users are reporting some rather severe... Read more...
After so much waiting, it's almost hard to believe that the day of XP's death is upon us. At this point, if you're still running Windows XP, you're either incredibly loyal to the OS, or don't surf the Internet too much. Given the fact that this April 8th date has been known about since 2009, it's truly amazing that it's still so widely used. Net Applications' most recent reports pits XP use at 30%. That's 30% of all Web surfers, across all OSes. Even more incredible might be the fact that the OS is used on over 80% of the world's ATMs. This is a subject we've covered time and time again. And... Read more...
For those of you who have been holding onto Windows XP for the past decade, it may seem surreal to stare down at its long overdue expiration date. You might have even been secretly (or openly) hoping Microsoft would issue a last minute stay of execution. Hey, it's been a good run, but now it's time to face reality, and the reality is Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP after tomorrow. That means no more security updates or calls to tech support. On a larger scale, it also means there's going to be a lot of unprotected PCs sitting in the wild. Any new vulnerability that is discovered after... Read more...
We don't want to get all pre-Y2Kish and surmise how the world is going to come to an end once Microsoft drops support for Windows XP -- the world will keep spinning, we assure you -- but if you're still hanging tight to the legacy operating system, you should prepare yourself for life after support. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer issue security patches to XP, so the next time a security hole is discovered, it will remain unfixed and vulnerable. There are guides all over the Internet suggesting ways to cope with Microsoft's deadline. An article on MLive suggests assessing how many... Read more...
Microsoft has given Windows XP users plenty of notice that it plans to stop supporting the legacy operating system on April 8, 2014, and as that date draws near, the Redmond outfit is ramping up its efforts to get XP holdouts to upgrade. One of the ways it's been trying to do that is through monetary incentives -- a week ago day, Microsoft began offering $50 gift cards to anyone who purchased a select new PC from the Microsoft Store. And now? Microsoft is knocking $100 off the price of a new PC when purchased from a qualifying Windows XP machine. That's a better offer than before, as you save $100... Read more...
It's been one heck of a ride, but like all good things, the Windows XP era is officially coming to an end next month. For many users, the XP era ended long ago, though according to market research firm StatCounter, around 2 out of 10 PC users are still rocking the legacy OS after all these years, which is more than Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 combined. Microsoft is doing everything within its power to change that, even going so far as to offer incentive discounts on new systems. One of the newest promotions in the Microsoft Store is that users who buy a select new PC will receive a $50 gift card... Read more...
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