Microsoft, the world’s largest software maker, recently pulled the plug on its hugely popular Windows XP OS. The software giant has extended Windows XP help and support many times, before due to the overwhelming number of requests to continue the support. But now, they’ve gone all out and stopped provision of any support. Seems it is time to let the beloved operating system go.
Now, there are many users still harboring denial. The fact needs to be faced, that no official Windows XP help or support, means no security more updates. The only option when it comes to support for Windows XP is the paid one. But this option is not available for everyone; only certain corporations and government organizations can avail it. For others who are still religiously clinging to Windows XP, it is a dangerous situation. Security breaches can easily be avoided; all you have to do is upgrade.
The thing is, people are not totally unaware of the implications and adverse consequences they may face, should the computer system they use develop an OS related problem or a glitch. Most know and are willing to brave the consequences. They hate change. When you get used to something, you hate to try out alternatives. Windows XP has been around for more than a decade. In the tech world scene this is a huge amount of time.
It’ll be very difficult for Microsoft if the users continue using the aging operating system, which it could seriously jeopardize the security of even the modern versions of Windows. Agreed, Windows 7 and 8 are both very different from XP. But, it is obvious that there is still some common code shared by these operating systems.
The security shortcomings inherent to using Windows XP, are not that readily apparent, and sometimes won’t even manifest. But, your PC or computer will remain extremely vulnerable to malicious threats. The only real solution to that is migrating to a modern version like Windows 7 or Windows 8. You may require upgrading your hardware too. An alternative for those who cannot afford this, is augmenting computer security against possible threats. For instance, you can remove unnecessary software, disable certain services, etc.
Many Small and Medium scale businesses, and millions of users are still holding on to Windows XP. But despite the features it espouses, the security risk it poses simply cannot be ignored or even dismissed.
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The popularity of the smartphones and tablet computers has brought desktop PC sales to an all-time low. But, according to many tech experts, this trend is going to change in the next few months with many corporate users starting to buy new desktop PCs for their offices in order to replace the old outdated systems.
Sales of desktop PCs expected to rise
The main reason for this is Microsoft’s decision to end Windows XP help and support services back in April, this year. If you look at the Windows OS market, you will see that Windows XP still has about 25% market share. This mainly consists of corporate houses and organisations, which need to use the desktop systems rather than the latest tablet computers or smartphones.
Desktop PCs are still the best solution for web developer, writers, etc, who needs to do a lot of typing. It is not practical to use a touch screen device for typing up office documents, writing articles, generating reports, writing software coding, etc. Plus, there is the advantage using a big screen monitor or multiple monitors, when you are working for many hours on a computer.
So, ergonomically, desktop PCs are ideally designed for your office cubicle. This is why these corporate users did not upgrade their systems all these years. But, with the end of Windows XP help and support, they are now forced to consider the option of upgrading their systems. Windows XP and the hardware used for running it are now obsolete, and they realise this.
They will have to buy new desktop PCs and the latest Windows 8 OS for these systems. This requires huge expenditure for revamping the entire IT infrastructure of the firm. But, there has not been any surge in desktop PC sales so far.
This is because many organisations are exploring different options and trying to figure out the least expensive one available. According to reports, some of them have already started switching from desktops to tablets, while others are looking at cloud-based software solutions. A small percentage of them are actually waiting for Windows 9, expected to release in 2015.
But it is clear that many of them will have to buy new desktop PCs running on the latest Windows operating system. So, in the next few months you can expect to see a rise in desktop PC sales.
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Global shipments of electronic devices including computers, mobile handsets, and smaller form factor ultramobiles are expected to reach 2.4 billion units in the year 2014. This is up 4.2% from the previous year as per the research firm Gartner Inc. Computer shipments are set to decline in 2104, but could see a small uptick in the year 2015.
One of the possible explanations of this situation is the business upgrades from Windows XP operating system, which is no longer supported by the Microsoft Corporation. Ranjit Atwal, who is the director of Gartner research, predicts that nearly 60 million professional computer replacements will take place in the mature markets. WSJ’s Don Clark reported previous month that companies like Intel are regaining a bit of swagger as the end of support of Windows XP could prompt businesses with older computers to upgrade both their software and hardware.
After falling 9.5% in the year 2013, the global computer market that includes ultramobiles like the Chromebook, is on pace to contract only 2.9% of the market in the year 2014. This is a relative revival as per Gartner. Global computer shipments could grow by 2.7% to around 317 million units by the year 2015. The traditional computer market that includes desktops and notebooks but not ultramobiles is on pace contract 6.7% this year and 5.3% in the next year.
The sales of Tablets are expected to grow 23.9% this year to 256 million units. This is a relative slowdown from the past years, as there is lower demand for the tablet PCs with smaller screens in the mature markets together with a shift towards phablets in Southeast Asia, which slows down the global market penetration. This is as per the Windows XP help and support team.
Among the operating systems, the devices that are running Android OS are expected to post 30% growth in the year 2014. Coming in second is the iOS with a growth of 15%. The announcement of a new model of iPhone that is expected to be released later this year could help increase the sales and boost pent-up demand, Gartner says. If you wish to know more on the sales of computers and other electronic communication devices, you can contact the Windows XP help and support team. They will be able to provide you the statistical reports on the sales of different operating systems, computers, mobile handsets and other devices.
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Windows XP was the operating system released by Microsoft before Windows 7 and is one among the most popular OSs released by Microsoft. Installing Windows XP is an easy process and will generally take only an hour to finish. Well, given below are some easy instructions provided by the Windows XP help team, which will help you to install and reinstall Windows XP.
The above said instructions given by the Windows XP help team will help you to install Windows XP on your computer. For any further assistance, contact our Microsoft support team.
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Majority of you might have already come to know that Microsoft has stopped the support for Windows XP operating system. As an operating system without updates from its developer is very dangerous to use, it is necessary that Windows XP users upgrade their computers as early as possible to avoid these threats. This is because the threats, which are likely to affect the Windows PCs, could also be transferred to computers running on other operating systems. Now, let us find out what the different options available for Windows XP users are.
Windows 8.1 OS
According to Windows XP help center, the best option for all existing Windows XP customers is to upgrade their operating systems to Windows 8.1. This newly released operating system comes after many modifications from its predecessor Windows 8. Windows 8.1 offers you dual interface, support for touch screen functionalities, enhanced speed etc. The operating system will also receive updates and security fixes from Microsoft until 2023. Therefore, it is ideal for business houses, who do not upgrade the operating systems occasionally.
Windows 7 OS
Windows 7 operating system is running on more than 50 percent of computers around the world and this figure is more than enough to vouch for its popularity among the users. Windows 7 is easy to use, supports most of the hardware components and is a simple operating system as a whole to work with. However, a small disadvantage of Windows 7 operating system is that Microsoft has decided to end the mainstream support for the operating system by January next year, even though the extended support date ends only in 2020. Therefore, if you are a home user and wishes to upgrade the operating system after a few years, then Windows 7 is the right solution.
A new PC
Sometimes, upgrading to any of the above-mentioned operating systems may not be a feasible idea due to the lack of hardware support. In such situations, going for a new PC would be the ideal choice. This is because you may have to upgrade various hardware components like motherboard, RAM etc. The price of different components when added up, might become equivalent or close to buying a new PC. Therefore, buying a new PC with Windows 8.1 or Windows 7 preinstalled is never a bad idea.
As it has been almost 3 months since the end of support for Windows XP, we are starting to hear many Windows XP troubles popping up from around the world. Since you will no longer receive support from the Windows XP help center, it is advisable to upgrade this outdated operating system at the earliest.
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