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6/30/2015 | 10:08:36 AM
One for all and All for one

Microsoft has signed some pretty major deals with corporations and governments in the US and globally generating come pretty major profit for Microsoft to keep both XP and Server 2003 viable.  What I don't understand is why can't these efforts be shared with the rest of Microsoft's XP and Server 2003 customers?  Oh such terrible risks are at hand if we don't upgrade as the virus goblins are going to eat you up!  Well I've got an 11 year old Acer running XP (Norton works just great and so does Chrome) on my desk that just keeps jugging alone as a secondary computer.  I have also have a server room full of eight year old Dell PowerEdge servers running Window Server 2003 (third party maintenance is very cheap and Vipre does the protection job).  In Microsoft's mind continuing support just postpones additional revenue generated by replacements but that's not what is happening.  People and organizations will make investments when it's to their advantage to do so not when Microsoft decides which the market has done.

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7/1/2015 | 3:27:50 PM
Re: One for all and All for one
The "update" infrastructure is still in place at Microsoft though.  Just got to pay big time to get included. 
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7/2/2015 | 10:38:55 AM
Re: One for all and All for one
@hho927, These contracts are in addition to existing contracts and are for support not migration assistance.  Once a system is replaced that sysem falls under the on going MS maintenance agreement. 


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