Jumaat, 15 Julai 2011

Akhirnya Microsoft akan mematikan 'Windows XP'

Seperti sedia maklum, Windows XP masih lagi sistem operasi yang paling banyak digunakan di dunia, walaupun Windows 7 sedang meningkat naik penggunaannya dari semasa ke semasa. Kini, Microsoft telah pun mengumumkan yang mana mereka tidak lagi akan menyokong sistem operasi tersebut dalam tempoh 1000 hari akan datang lagi.

Microsoft akan terus menyokong Windows XP untuk lebih kurang 3 tahun lagi, dimana sokongannya akan diberhentikan pada 2014. Bermula 8 April 2014 kelak, Microsoft tidak lagi akan memberikan sebarang sokongan dan kemaskini sekuriti untuk Windows XP, dan meminta mereka mengemaskini kepada versi baru sebelum tarikh tersebut.

Windows XP sebelum ini telah dilancarkan pada tahun 2001, dan kini ianya telah lebih sedekad diperkenalkan, dan masih kekal sebagai sistem operasi paling popular walaupun beberapa versi Windows telah dikeluarkan selepasnya.
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Microsoft says there are only 1,000 days left for Windows XP

Sounds the death knell for its decade old operating system

SOFTWARE VENDOR Microsoft is calling on users of its Windows XP operating system to "move on", and it said there are less than 1,000 days of support left for it.
The news came from a blog post by Stephen Rose, a senior community manager for Windows client stuff at Microsoft, where he urged users to embrace Windows 7 instead.
While at first the 1,000 days of support left doesn't seem like that much, it's actually close to three years, which is more time than Windows 7 has been out. Support will end on 8 April, 2014, by which time Microsoft will have launched Windows 8 and started trying to push Windows 7 out to pasture.
Aside from the obvious desire for people to upgrade to the latest version, which means more money for Microsoft, it's likely that Microsoft is planning ahead to avoid a situation like what happened with Internet Explorer 6, which it has struggled to get people to upgrade from, despite the lack of support and the huge security vulnerabilities of using it.
Since the disaster of Windows Vista people have generally been reluctant to upgrade to Windows 7, despite it being a generally good operating system and a major improvement over Windows Vista.
This could lead to a situation where people are still using Windows XP after 2014, when Microsoft will no longer provide security patches and hotfixes, not to mention third-party support, which Microsoft says will also end, for the most part, within the next few years.
Rose said that Windows XP, which launched ten years ago, has had "an amazing run", but that it is time to move on and "retire" Windows XP. He said it's easy to upgrade to Windows 7 and that it could even result in cutting costs for businesses through its energy saving and automation features. We're not sure he's including the required hardware and software upgrade costs, however.
Rose cited a recent report by the US market research firm Gartner, which said that over half of organisations that don't start upgrading to Windows 7 by early next year will end up still running some Windows XP machines after Microsoft ends support for it.


Microsoft Wants Windows XP Shoved Out the Door

With Windows XP's retirement nearly 1,000 days away, Microsoft is pressuring customers to ditch the 10-year-old operating system.

"Windows XP had an amazing run and millions of PC users are grateful for it. But it's time to move on," Microsoft's Stephen Rose wrote on the Windows Team Blog.

Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Security patches and hotfixes will no longer be available, leaving the OS open to vulnerabilities. Already, Microsoft has moved to a limited Windows XP support plan that provides security fixes for all users but only issues non-security updates to companies with a support contract. Microsoft also opted not to support Windows XP with its latest Web browser, Internet Explorer 9.

Aside from security, stability and software support, there are lots of reasons for consumers to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7: Users can easily share files via HomeGroup and share content automatically through Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center; Windows 7 has a built-in backup feature that works pretty well; and there are lots of user interface improvements, such as improved search, side-by-side window viewing and a new taskbar for docking favorite applications. (My favorite feature: In the rare instance that something goes wrong, Ctrl-Alt-Delete actually works.)

But for Microsoft, enterprise customers are the real challenge, and the company's anti-XP blog post is aimed squarely at IT professionals. Citing a Gartner report, Microsoft warns that half of companies that don't start upgrading by early 2012 won't complete the process before support ends, and will therefore incur increased costs. The company links to a return on investment calculator that supposedly shows how much money can be saved by upgrading to Windows 7.

Both consumers and enterprise users, however, may be tempted to wait for Windows 8. Microsoft hasn't announced a release date for its next operating system, but ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley has reported that Microsoft is trying to push Windows 8 out the door by April 2012.

Microsoft, of course, would prefer that companies upgrade now. At the company's Worldwide Partners Conference this week, Tami Reller, head of product marketing for the Windows group, stressed that Windows 7 hardware will be able to run Windows 8. That might hold true for enterprise users, but consumers may want to hold out for hardware that can take advantage of Windows 8's touch-friendly interface.

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