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Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 Retire Today‎ - Dies 7

Microsoft Windows 2000 and Windows XP Service Pack 2 officially get retire and dragged to the Recycle Bin today. Those two old editions of Microsoft's operating system won't magically stop working at the stroke of midnight. But today ends the company's support for each: It will no longer release new security fixes or provide technical assistance for them. So if you want to keep running them, you're on your own.

Windows 2000 looked obsolete back in 2005, five years after its debut; giving its largely corporate users another five years of support was more than generous enough. Microsoft is a for-profit company, not a public utility; it is within its rights to direct its resources towards products it sells today. 

As we said last year, 2010 is a big year for Microsoft because we’re waiting to see which way the tide will turn on enterprise adoption of Windows 7. Lots of companies are on the fence about the migration, and many others have expressed the interest to upgrade from Windows XP to 7, but could ditch that idea if skipping Windows 7 develops into a corporate best practice, the same way skipping Vista did.

According to new data revealed by Microsoft, the enterprise upgrade to Windows 7 does not have much momentum so far in 2010. At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Microsoft Windows corporate vice president Tammi Reller said that 74% of business computers are still running Windows XP. She also said that the average age of the PC is now 4.4 years old, which is the highest number that Microsoft has seen in over a decade.

Naturally, Microsoft spins this as a huge opportunity for the company to make a lot of money by selling copies of Windows 7 to these slow upgraders. CEO Steve Ballmer predicted on Monday that Microsoft would sell 350 million copies of Windows 7 licenses by the end of 2010.

But, if you read between the lines, part of the message here is that Windows 7 adoption has not taken hold yet, and Microsoft is still hustling to convince businesses to upgrade.



5 Responses to “Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 Retire Today‎ - Dies 7”

Kristian said...
July 13, 2010 at 1:57 PM

That was about time..


Branded USB Sticks said...
July 13, 2010 at 9:44 PM

Windows 7 has been launched long time back, but to till now I can't install it to my personal computer. I hope I will take some time to install it in the coming days.


cheap iPhone App Developer said...
July 14, 2010 at 9:47 AM

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Facebook Application Agency said...
July 14, 2010 at 9:51 AM

I wish more people would write blogs like this that are actually helpful to read. With all the rubbish floating around on the web, it is useful and informative to read a blog like yours.


yohan said...
July 14, 2010 at 10:13 AM

a big step from microsoft :)


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