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Microsoft reveals 74 percent of business PCs still run Windows XP

Posted on Tuesday, July 13 2010 @ 21:44:59 CEST by

Microsoft Corporate VP of Windows, Tammi Reller, shared at the Windows Partner Conference that 74 percent of business PCs are still using the nearly nine years old Windows XP.
Microsoft's Corporate VP of Windows, Tammi Reller, admitted today at the Windows Partner Conference that nearly three quarters, or 74 percent, of business PCs are still using Windows XP. Despite both Windows Vista and 7 having been released as far back as three years ago, many have refused to upgrade and in some cases are keeping systems for longer than they would have before. The average age of a work PC is older than it has ever been, at 4.4 years, Reller said.
Another article at ComputerWorld reveals Windows XP won't die anytime soon, as Microsoft has just extended Windows XP downgrade rights for businesses until 2020:
Just a day before Microsoft drops support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), the company announced on Monday that people running some versions of Windows 7 can "downgrade" to the aged operating system for up to 10 years.

The move is highly unusual. In the past, Microsoft has terminated downgrade rights -- which let customers replace a newer version of Windows with an older edition without paying for two copies -- within months of introducing a new OS.


On Monday, Microsoft again changed its mind. Users running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate will now be able to downgrade to Windows XP Professional throughout the entire lifecycle of Windows 7.



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