We've lost count of how many times Windows XP has been sentenced to death, only to receive a stay of execution from Microsoft in some form or another. Give netbooks credit for keeping the popular OS alive longer than it probably would have been had netbooks never been popularized. But even those have migrated to Windows 7. Well, Microsoft has made the decision to finally retire Windows XP, for good, three years from now.
We knew that Windows XP was holding back Microsoft’s ability to innovate on the security of its operating systems, but just how much? Well according to new data released in the company’s annual Security Intelligence Report, infection rates for Windows 7 are five times lower than a fully patched machine running Windows XP SP3. Windows Vista faired significantly better, however infection rates were still almost double that of a comparable Windows 7 based PC.
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The champagne corks must be popping at Redmond today. According to stat tracking group Pingdom, Windows 7 usage just passed Windows XP in the US. Of all operating systems, XP use is still at 31.56%, but Windows 7 has vaulted to 31.71%. It's about time.
It’s been almost two years since ITG first started teasing us with spy shots of the xpPhone, and the landscape its facing today is a drastically different place. Windows 7 has hit on the desktop end, and Windows Phone 7 is finally showing up Apple users everywhere. Despite all the changes however the inner geek in me is very interested by what I’m seeing.
Featuring a full QWERTY keyboard (arrows and all) this 4.8 inch device has a spec sheet that reads more like a list of things Steve Jobs would never put on a phone than an official press release. USB, VGA, and GPS all come standard on either the 8 or 16GB editions all powered by an AMD CPU. It’s quite a bit of hardware under the hood, but it comes with a pretty steep price tag as well. The 8GB version will run you $798, with a DOS only version for the cheapskates priced at $666.
I’m not sure I really want Windows XP on my phone, or DOS for that matter, but it certainly would be fun to play around with for a few days. Anyone out there interested?
The slow and agonizing death of Windows XP has been blogged about many times here on Maximum PC, but today marks the final milestone for what is still the most popular operating system on the planet. Starting today, PC makers are no longer allowed to preload Windows XP on new PCs. Most OEMs had completed the switch over to offering Windows 7 on most desktop’s and laptop’s, but the OS was still fairly popular in the netbook space.
Sad as this may sound, those who simply can’t get enough Windows XP still have the option to exercise their downgrade rights, which are part of every single Windows license sold. Anyone who purchases a copy of Windows 7 actually has the ability to use the product key with Windows Vista, or XP as long as they can get their hands on the DVD installer.
This little known loophole is one of the reasons its difficult to accurately gage exactly how many “active copies” of each new OS actually get sold. Many companies simply buy machines with the most modern OS license, then drop on an image file of whatever version of Windows they have standardized upon. In most cases this is still Windows XP which, at least in the case of Vista, could have drastically distorted the number of copies in use.
Long story short Windows XP will continue to be downgradable until at least 2015, just don’t expect to find it pre-installed on new machines going forward.
Microsoft had a slight breather in September after it delivered a record 14 security bulletins on Patch Tuesday in August. The company was actually preserving its energy for an even more hectic Patch Tuesday in October, which, according to the Security Bulletin Advance Notification, will include 16 updates to patch 49 vulnerabilities – a new record. Out of the 16 security bulletins, four are labeled “critical,” ten “important,” and the remaining two “moderate.” Ten of the security updates address flaws that could allow remote code execution.
Over the last year, Windows 7 has slowly, but steadily been gaining market share. Now perhaps we can all just get together and call it a huge success. According to some Google analytics data, Windows 7 has blown by Vista, and should surpass Windows XP by year's end. What we're talking about here are usage statistics for various websites, but this is indicative of what regular consumers are running.
In July, Microsoft announced that they had sold 175 million Windows 7 licenses. That amounts to 30 million per month. Still, when Microsoft talks about this, there's no joy, no self-congratulations. It wouldn't be prudent to talk up the platform too much, but consumers seem pleased with Windows 7. Microsoft has avoided reliving the PR nightmare that the Vista launch turned into.
All the data shows that Vista users are upgrading at an astounding rate. This in and of itself is odd. In the past, most users have just waited until they bought a new computer to get the new version of Windows. It could be a symptom of widespread dissatisfaction with Vista, but the quality of Windows 7 is also getting XP users to take the plunge. Did you step up to Windows 7 from XP? Tell us about your experience.
You hear a lot of doom and gloom stories about Microsoft these days, but the Redmond software giant seems to be doing just fine. In the midst of earnings season, Microsoft has taken the opportunity to announce that they've sold 175 million copies of Windows 7 since its release. This keeps up the convenient rate of about 7 copies per second we heard a few months ago.
The interesting thing about the numbers is that demand is not yet falling off. People are adopting Windows 7 in droves, in many cases moving right from XP. While Microsoft probably isn't thrilled about people skipping Vista, the massive step up to Windows 7 is likely to impress skeptical consumers. One last stat from Microsoft; Windows 7 is now running on 16% of the world's PCs. Not bad.
Are you a Windows 7 user? If you made the jump from XP, let us know what you think about the latest and greatest.
Make of this what you will, but according to Microsoft, some 74 percent of businesses are still running Windows XP, an operating system now two generations old.
That number comes from Tammi Reller, CVP of Microsoft Windows, who stated as much during the company's Worldwide Partner Conference this week. What Reller didn't do, however, is view this negatively.
According to Reller, this statistic just means that Microsoft is in a great position to capitalize on would-be converts to Windows 7. Given the early issues and poor public perception of Vista, Microsoft wasn't able to convince very many businesses that they need or should upgrade, but that could change with Windows 7, given how well regarded Microsoft's latest OS is.
On a side note, Reller says that the average PC is 4.4 years old, the highest average age in a decade. And that, of course, means more upgrade potential too, Reller said.
We've touched on the impending demise of XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) on a couple of occasions in the past week or so, and if you were still caught off guard today by Microsoft ending support, then extend your leg and swing it back as far and as fast as possible, with the goal being to kick yourself in your own ass for failing to pay attention.
Whether you were ready for it or not, what happens now? For starters, Microsoft will stop sending out updates and security patches for the now-defunct version of Windows, leaving XP SP2 users vulnerable in a number of areas, including IE, WMP, and Outlook Express.
You do have some options, however, the most obvious one being to upgrade to SP3. If for whatever reason that's not an option and you're simply stuck on XP SP2, you can make the best of a bad situation by first and foremost getting rid of IE. It doesn't matter what version of Microsoft's popular browser you're running, you won't be receiving updates. Instead, consider (strongly) switching to any of the alternatives, such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Opera, all of which will continue kicking out updates.
Other steps you can take: update other programs, install AV software (if you haven't already), keep your firewall running, and cross your fingers.