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Windows XP business users offered discount on Windows 8

Windows XP business users offered discount on Windows 8

To push business to upgrade to Windows 8 ahead of Windows XP's official execution in April 2014, Microsoft is offering a slight discount.

Microsoft's confirmation that it is really, honestly, genuinely putting Windows XP out to pasture this time next year - a message we've heard several times before from the company - comes with a sugar coating for businesses who will soon need to upgrade: a discount on getting a more modern operating system.

While not as wide-reaching as the company's launch offers for Windows 8, which saw the operating system sold for as little as £15 until jumping significantly in Feburary, the deal is being pushed as a sop for businesses that are going to have to find the cash to upgrade a wealth of legacy hardware from Windows XP by April 2014 or face a bleak future with no security or bug-fix updates.

Designed for small and medium businesses - with larger enterprises being expected to have shelled out for subscription-based licensing that will see them able to upgrade to Windows 8 at no extra cost - Microsoft's Get2Modern offer - yes, that's really what the company has called the programme - allows a company to purchase upgrades at a 15 per cent discount, up to a maximum of 249 discounted licences. While that's better than a kick in the proverbials, there's a slight catch: to qualify, a business has to purchase Windows 8 Pro and Microsoft Office 2013 Standard simultaneously. If you're only looking to upgrade one or the other, then you'll find yourself paying full whack.

Available until the 30th of June for customers buying their licences through Microsoft's Open Licence Programme - available to businesses only - the offer seems a little stingy: Microsoft is ending support for an operating system used by around a third of the web, and while customers have had plenty of notice - its original end-of-life deadline was commuted to April 2014 as the result of poor take-up of Windows Vista in 2008 - that's still a large install base that is looking at the sharp end of an upgrade bill.

This time, however, Microsoft looks to be serious: it has launched a site detailing the reasons to upgrade from Windows XP and Office 2003, support for which also ends in April 2014, talking up the worrying spectre of security risks, software compatibility issues, lack of official support and potential business disruption caused by downtime - blamed, in typically Microsoft fashion, on the age of most Windows XP-based hardware rather than any fault inherent in the operating system - as a means of scaring business customers into compliance.

Whether Microsoft is planning to reintroduce discount Windows 8 pricing for consumers with Windows XP machines remains to be seen - but, for now, the company is concentrating solely on its business customers.

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proxess 9th April 2013, 11:26 Quote
April 20014?! Great, now my company will never ditch XP.
Ripitup121 9th April 2013, 11:29 Quote
Speaking from IT dept in a small company which has about 50% of its pc's still on XP. I think we would nearly foot the bill for upgrade to Win7 over that and keep office 2010. Its not going to be worth our time in the long run with the amount of call outs we would get to help people deal with the Win 8 features.
Gareth Halfacree 9th April 2013, 11:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
April 20014?! Great, now my company will never ditch XP.
Whoopsie. I'd blame a sticky key, but let's face it: I use a Model F, that's never going to be a problem for me. Must still have the jitters from all the sugar yesterday...

Fixed, ta!
will_123 9th April 2013, 11:59 Quote
Is it still possible for companies to go onto 7 rather than 8 or have they waited too long...?
Woodspoon 9th April 2013, 13:02 Quote
Aside from having the latest OS I really can't see any reason why a business would want W8 over W7 or a version of Linux.
OK, they have to end support for Xp at some point but this could go very badly for them.
Blademrk 9th April 2013, 13:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by will_123
Is it still possible for companies to go onto 7 rather than 8 or have they waited too long...?

Scan still has Windows 7 (Home) for sale £87 for an upgrade disc or £119 for a full retail disc.
Flibblebot 9th April 2013, 13:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Woodspoon
Aside from having the latest OS I really can't see any reason why a business would want W8 over W7 or a version of Linux.
OK, they have to end support for Xp at some point but this could go very badly for them.
Most companies aren't on Windows 8 yet, the majority of them will still be on Windows 7.

As for XP, it'll be over 12 years since it was released by the time Microsoft turns off support. That's a long time to support an OS, or a long time to support anything - even car manufacturers are only required to support cars for 10 years after manufacture - and people need to realise that it's time to move to something else. It's not like they're even paying for the support, and to expect MS to keep supporting an old OS ad infinitum is not a reasonable expectation.
Woodspoon 9th April 2013, 18:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Woodspoon
Aside from having the latest OS I really can't see any reason why a business would want W8 over W7 or a version of Linux.
OK, they have to end support for Xp at some point but this could go very badly for them.
Most companies aren't on Windows 8 yet, the majority of them will still be on Windows 7.

As for XP, it'll be over 12 years since it was released by the time Microsoft turns off support. That's a long time to support an OS, or a long time to support anything - even car manufacturers are only required to support cars for 10 years after manufacture - and people need to realise that it's time to move to something else. It's not like they're even paying for the support, and to expect MS to keep supporting an old OS ad infinitum is not a reasonable expectation.

What I meant by that was, since businesses are essentially being forced to update from XP, why would they move to W8 over W7 or linux.
To me Windows 8 just feels like a badly stitched together combination of 2 home OS's rather than a professional working environment, why would a business use that when there are other options.
RichCreedy 9th April 2013, 20:20 Quote
@woodspoon, it really isn't as bad as that, and whilst they are upgrading their desktops to win 8, they should upgrade their servers to 2012, and start building apps specific to their business, that can be accessed from the modern interface, using remoteapps
roundyz 9th April 2013, 22:34 Quote
I remember this time on the merry go round last time. And the time before that. They allways pull this crap; artificial end of product life, oh how will small businesses cope with the upgrade?....
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/2006/07/11/Windows_98_dies_today/1
Vista is next....
fluxtatic 10th April 2013, 05:01 Quote
I've been pleading with management at work to get everyone off XP. Since they didn't listen, I hope they get a sharp knee in the nuts next year when they can't get their hands on Win7 and the XP machines start gettting infected right and left. (Actually, I'll be getting a bit of a knee myself, since I'll be cleaning up part of mess, most likely...but I can still bitch to the peons about how management didn't listen.)
Flibblebot 10th April 2013, 09:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by roundyz
Vista is next....
I really can't see MS waiting 12 years to pull support on Vista - I wouldn't be surprised if MS stopped supporting it in 2014 or 2015.
Picarro 10th April 2013, 09:48 Quote
I use Windows 8 and Office 2013 at work, and I really like it. When I have to be productive I just click the "Desktop" icon in Windows 8 and BAM, it's as productive as Windows 7. When I want to find something burried deep in the computer, I just return to the start screen and let the all-powerful search function find it for me.
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