re: Microsoft Preaches XP Conversion
Microsoft is America's official predatory monopoly and never has kept customer interests as its first priority.
"Innovation" with Microsoft is not a feature, but another bug. The company more often than not has lagged the curve, and caught up by buying up smaller competitors-- or bullying them, and putting them out of business.
XP stands as the one Microsoft product with nearly universal acceptance. Yet, on closer examination, XP is not so much a glowing credit to Microsoft energy and development, but to the dogged efforts of millions of unpaid / paying Microsoft beta testers-- the end users / customers who pay Microsoft $100 per seat for the privilege of finding bugs and security holes in its software.
After 12 years, it is likely such an effort would yield results. And we should expect users to be satisfied with the product they helped refine into the standard environment they have deployed through their offices.
So, what does Microsoft want to do, now? In line with its monopolistic tendencies, Microsoft once again demonstrates it could care less that 40 percent of its customer base has invested a great deal of infrastructure in XP. Instead, Microsoft is concerned about its cash flow, and true to form, wants to poison the XP environment in order to make W8 or W9 seem better.
Lost on Microsoft is the idea of offering an actual incentive to upgrade / migrate-- with the rare exception of its $40 W8 upgrade offer last year.
In any case, most XP users already know a little secret-- Microsoft never has offered significant support for the majority of offices and homes in which XP runs daily. Instead, the IT staff-- bless 'em all-- is what keeps corporate Windows desktops as safe and secure as they have been, so far. With a properly layered malware defense, most users and offices can continue well beyond the April 14, 2014 expiration of Microsoft support.