After July 13, Windows XP users still using Service Pack 2 or earlier "will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software." Surely everyone has upgraded by now, right?
In a word, 'no.' According to recent PC Advisor poll, 15.1 percent of XP users are still clinging to SP2 or earlier. That's probably higher than most would expect, but on the plus side, that only breaks down to less than 6 percent of the total sample of XP users who particpated in the poll.
Still, these users are running out of time to upgrade, either to SP3 (free) or to a later version of Windows (not free). If you're one of those users, you're down to less than a week to decide before you're on your own.
This weekend, Microsoft quietly rolled out a preview release of the Microsoft PC Advisor to select members of the Windows Feedback Program. (Members of the Windows Feedback Program agree to let Microsoft monitor their machines closely, and Microsoft uses that data to determine what types of problems real users experience.) The invitation to try out the PC Advisor made some intriguing promises—the app will monitor our PC for problems and give solutions in real time and it will monitor system settings for potential pitfalls. The survey that preceded our download was even more interesting, it hinted that Microsoft's ultimate goal for the new app is complete Apple domination. Hit the jump for our full report on Microsoft’s new PC Advisor, the Apple tie-in, a whole bunch of screenshots and the first-hands on report we've read so far.