Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) All Set To Phase-Out Windows XP

Boston, MA 02/10/2014 (wallstreetpr) – Windows XP now just has 59 days before it is officially times out. The news is out that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will be officially retiring the OS on 8 April 2014. Of course, users who still prefer to continue using Windows XP will still be able to do so, but they will not be able to get the updates, patches and security fixes that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) would generally send out to them. All other support for the OS will be cut-off on the 8 April deadline. But the other news is that Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has been facing a tough time with convincing these users to switch over to Windows 8.

Urging users to switch

The company has been sending out communications and warnings and some of it might even move onto being insistent as the shutoff date approaches. The company had previously mentioned on its blog that the tech-savvy readers should proactively help out XP users with transitioning to the latest OS. When users upgrade to the new OS, they are required to save all their important data manually before they make the switch. The process does not automatically save any data on the system. What is also important to note is that OneDrive (SkyDrive), which is Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s own cloud-storage service, doesn’t really have the desktop client for Windows-XP.

The consolation

In effect, this rules out drag and drop functions to save files to the Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s cloud as a form of temporary backup. The company has also officially extended its Microsoft Security Essentials-updates for users of Windows XP right through to July 2015. That includes the updates to the application as-it-is, and the signatures updates for malware and virus detection. Though that doesn’t really do much for the users who would prefer a completely spruced-up OS, it still helps those who have been cold-shouldering Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)’s pleas to switch to Windows 8.

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