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Windows XP is being retired from Microsoft’s support roster this time next year and now Redmond is offering discounts to XP users who choose to upgrade.

Since it did such a wonderful job with Vista, Win 7 and Win 8, Microsoft is practically paying people to upgrade, and it does not seem to be finding many takers. SMBs still stuck on XP and Office 2003 can get a 15 percent discount for Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013 purchases, reports Computerworld.

Since Microsoft’s Open License website lists Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013 for a total of $561, the 15 percent discount translates to about $84. It might not sound like much, but it helps, especially if SMBs are in the market for multiple licences.

However, the offer only stands for customers running XP Professional and consumers must buy the licences via Microsoft’s Open License programme. Furthermore, the discount is limited to 100 licences per client and it will last until 30 June.

Another problem is hardware and software compatibility. XP is 12 years old and it is used on antiquated boxes. Although many of them can be upgraded to cope with Windows 8, some bits of hardware can’t. The same goes for specialised software developed ten or more years ago.



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i have XP license that i scrub from old friend dead laptop ... but 84$? LOL ... i prefer to stay on XP (theory) than move and pay :D

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XP users don't want to upgrade. Some might near the end of the support date but with the economy, Win 8's new UI & software incompatibilities they want to stick with what they have. I can't imagine how much money it would cost these companies to upgrade to Win 7 or elsewhere. There are other alternatives, i can't remember them but there is one that allows just about any PC to work with Win 7 with a central beefed up machine which would save companies much money. However i don't know whether that idea took any hold, but it would save companies from having to upgrade so many machines and software. I think some companies have tried Win 7 and 8 out but never actually thought it was necessary to upgrade their whole infrastructure. Again one of the problems is the economy, the economy rose slightly when Win 7 was around but i think for some the shift downward spiral of the economy they are holding out with what they have for now.

I thought the company i work for was going to upgrade their systems but they are still using XP. I have no idea whether they are waiting until the last moment, getting whatever they can out of the machines they are currently using before upgrading or they are holding onto it because others are doing the same.

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if u most of the time use your pc for surfing or use it for any specifics software's at work/home why should you upgrade :angry: ???? that what microshit ass holes don't understand , ppl wont upgrade their pc`s just for to use shine software .... :P

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insanedown58

Though I don't use XP anymore but still have a license for it (dad's OEM key from 2002), I wouldn't pay them the upgrade fee.

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