The National Health Services trust is a part of the English NHS, which has been providing health care services to people in the United Kingdom. Now looks like the medical trust is taking a risk, as they are still clinging on to the outdated Microsoft ecosystem Windows XP. Now the government is expecting for another 5.5 million pounds bill from Microsoft looking for support.
The mobile workspace company, Citrix earlier filed a request as per the freedom of information act. They found that all the 25 NHS trusts were still working on Windows XP systems. They also found that there were just five of them working with desktop virtualization technology to manage the migration of the system.
NHS trusts are under ample pressure to work with the limited resources, like most of the other public sectors. Jason Tooley, the UK country manager at Citrix, commented that IT department is also experiencing the same pressure. These findings emphasize the fact that there is a broader spectrum of opportunity for NHS trusts across United Kingdom. This can be done by exploiting technology in order to transform IT processes and make it better in the future. A positive impact can be brought to the workspace with the help of IT, with the application and desktop virtualization. This can increase the productivity and in the end bring great improvement in health care for patients.
The government has an extension of Windows XP help for one year until April 8 2015, in spite of Microsoft calling off support for Windows XP systems this year in the month of April. Hence, with this extension in hand, most of the trusts, around 74 percent, revealed that the devices would not be upgraded until March 2015. The other 14 percent are not sure when they would upgrade their computers. In addition to the five years of making use of virtualization, there are just two more plans to take up a similar path well before the deadline.
There are talks about an extension of Windows XP help and support. The government reportedly said that they might end up requesting another year’s support for Windows XP and it looks like it might cost a fortune for the government. The UK government might be spending as much as 5.5 million pounds for an extra full year support. Hence, under this agreement, Microsoft will also be supporting Microsoft Office 2003 along with Microsoft Exchange 2003.
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Intel Corporation Chief Executive Officer has stated that replacement of Windows XP-based personal computers by enterprises and business users is bound to boost the sales of Intel based microprocessors in the fiscal year of 2014. Although Intel Corporation refuses to make predictions regarding the current fiscal year, it has mentioned that the possibility for replacement is bound to increase even after 2015.
Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel, said during the quarterly conference call to the financial analysts and investors that, “We believe the Windows XP end-of-life kind of replacement will at least play through the end of the year and that’s as far as we have looked at it.” To know more details about the same, you may contact our Windows XP help department.
Intel Inc. has made a rough estimate that presently 600 million personal computers are using microprocessors that are at least four years old or more. Most such computers are running on Windows XP OS and since they will be replaced shortly because of the end-of-support, Intel stands to gain by the replacement sales. However, this opportunity is a level field for Intel as well as its rivals.
Although replacement of most computers that run Windows XP OS is guaranteed, it remains to be seen how the 2010-2011 range of computers will perform. Since this operating system runs on extremely powerful processors and offer decent performance, Intel does not stand to see any increase in sales until 2020 at the earliest. Incidentally, 2020 is the end-of-support deadline for Windows 7 OS.
Ever since the end-of-support deadline for Windows XP passed in April 2014, various businesses and enterprises have made the jump to more advanced computers, hence purchasing new microprocessors from Intel. Presently, most computers that have been upgraded are running Windows 7 OS.
According to the financial statistics of Intel, the second quarter of Fiscal year 2014 boasts $13.4 billion, which is higher than the previously expected $13 billion. The sudden increase in the sales has been attributed to the replacement of Windows XP operating system. The major boosts in sales are reported in the Core i-series chips that run on vPro technology.
The revenue of Intel’s PC client group during the second quarter of 2014 was $8.7 billion, which is 9 percent higher and over 6 percent year-over-year. Contact our Windows XP help department to know more details about the effect of the end of Windows XP on the sale of Intel Microprocessors.
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Last month, Microsoft passed up on issuing a patch for Windows XP. This patch was supposed to fix a chronic issue, recently discovered to be in all OSs to come after Windows 95. XP users were passed over in this regard, even though they make up the third largest group of desktop OS users in the world. Apparently, Microsoft meant it when they said Windows XP help wouldn’t be forthcoming any more.
The bug itself isn’t of the harmless type. In fact, the company gave it a critical rating, and a score of 9.3 out of 10 on CVSS. It has the capability of letting a hacker remotely take control of your system. The only reason it hasn’t been exploited yet is that it was only recently discovered by IBM, who sat on the information till Microsoft whipped up a patch.
The patch is of course available for those buying extended support on XP, and that includes the UK and Dutch governments. The ones being left out are those users who aren’t paying. According to their spokesperson, “Microsoft no longer provides security updates for this operating system”. The only choice they’re leaving users is to move on to something newer, like Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.
There are several people supporting this stance, saying it’s unreasonable to expect continued support, when the matter has quite clearly been put to rest. The company had provided enough incentives to migrate from an outdated OS setup, such as discounts and better alternatives. This is all well and good, but what’s surprising is that Microsoft isn’t staying true to type. The company has a record of stepping in when there are problems like these, but that attitude seems to have changed.
A 2013 operation involving botnets saw the tech giant going as far as to obtain a court order, in order to take over control-and-command servers. And that was to “liberate” 2 million machines. Compare this number with that of the users affected by the current bug scenario. What is Microsoft doing?
The only way they can justify this is from the business viewpoint, because they seem to have lost every other, especially the moral. Issuing a patch doesn’t constitute Windows XP help, as much as it does belated restitution. The bug shouldn’t have been there in the first place, no matter when it was found out.
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At last, it seems that Microsoft’s efforts to kill Windows XP are paying off. The latest report about Windows market share released by NetMarketShare shows that Windows XP share dropped by 6.7 percent in last October alone, bringing its total market share to 17.2 percent. Microsoft has welcomed the report and said that it showed people’s approval of the latest Windows operating system.
However, what NetMarketShare sees more surprising is that the Windows XP dropped by less than 6.7 percent in the last 12 months; while the October drop is greater than the combined drop of the last 12 months. This is perhaps because of the termination of Windows XP help and support in April. Nevertheless, the unexpected fall in Windows XP market share in the month of October seems very odd to many experts.
Is Windows 8/8.1 making progress?
Microsoft believes that the drop in Windows XP market share is due to the increasing demand for Windows 8/8.1. But, experts say that it is not the case. There hasn’t been a considerable amount of growth for Windows 8/8.1 in last October or previous months. Even after the considerable drop in Windows XP market share, the Windows 8 market share hasn’t exceeded the former; 16.2 percent against XP’s 17.2 percent.
The growth Windows 8/8.1 made during the last few months is only 4.5 percentage points. Interestingly, the market share of Windows 7 remains unaffected. It has a staggering 53.0 percent market share, more than of combined market share of four existing Windows operating systems-Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
NetMarketShare says XP drop may not be due to people ditching the OS
Notwithstanding this, NetMarketShare clarifies that the substantial drop in XP market share may not necessarily be due to people quitting the operating system. It said that a global statistics of Windows XP market share is not possible at the moment due to the changes in the network sites in China. China has the biggest pool of XP users. The October statistics of Windows market share do not entirely represent on the current percentage points of XP users in China as the survey firm had to depend on new networks for the data.
NetMarketShare further says that China is less likely to ditch Windows XP in near future and move to a latest Windows operating system. Chinese government’s decision to ban Windows 8 in the country as a reaction to Microsoft’s decision to end Windows XP help has severely affected Microsoft’s hopes to establish the biggest market for Windows operating systems in the world’s most populated nation.
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It is now known to most of you that Windows XP, Microsoft Corporation’s oldest ever operating system, has been removed from the list of supported products. This should not have been a shock for users since most of them might have been expecting it for long. It has many months since Windows XP help and support have ceased. But, there are many people, who still consider Windows XP ideal for their use and plan to stick to it. How else could you explain the millions risking every possible security threat conceivable?
Windows 7 is the most popular Windows OS at present, but XP is not far behind. Actually, the thirteen year old operating system is the second most popular operating system. Even the latest Windows OS, Windows 8 is not as much popular. It looks like the operating system is here to stay for two or more years to come. This is extremely surprising considering the fact that there are much advanced Windows OS available at present for users to use.
Actually, when we analyze properly there is some reason behind this seemingly nonsensical move by many users (clinging on to Windows XP). There is some reason behind the insanity. Let us go over some of the possible reasons why Windows XP is still one of the most popular OS. The first thing is quite obvious. If you are familiar with something, you tend to prefer that over something new and unfamiliar. This is normal human psychology. Most Windows users have used XP some time or the other. Windows XP is the oldest and the most familiar operating systems available.
Familiarity is not enough for an operating system software to be popular. Windows XP is one of the most solid operating system ever made by the world’s leading software maker. Windows XP has undergone several revisions over the years making it what it is now.
Another strong reason for the popularity of the OS is Windows Vista’s terrible failure. There were OS issues, and so many of them that users felt like going back to Windows XP. Not many users moved on to Windows Vista. It took Windows 7 to redeem Microsoft’s slightly punctured reputation.
Users may find many possible reasons to cling on to the old, but surviving Windows XP. But, with the end of Windows XP help and support, Windows XP is as good as dead. XP had its time, now it is time to move on!
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