Many users would soon be looking for tips on how to upgrade to Windows 8, as the rumor of Microsoft dumping support for Windows XP is now official. Though the company offers a discount on moving with the latest trendy operation system, many firms feel that this would be a harder blow to their businesses.
The Get2Modern offer by Microsoft was designed initially for small and medium businesses introducing a subscription based licensing with an offer of 15 percent discount on buying the upgrade. However, reports say that the latest changes in the offer would also allow larger enterprises to get the upgrade without spending any extra penny. To avail this offer, nonetheless, the businesses would have to opt for purchasing Windows 8 Pro and Microsoft Office 2013 Standard collectively, or else pay the entire fees while upgrading to either one of the two.
The Microsoft’s Open Licensing Program, which availed licenses to business only, has its drawbacks as well. The company is dumping support for an operating system, which is used by around one-third of the web community. While users got the hint of Windows XP operating system’s retirement a long time ago, due to the poor response to Windows Vista in 2008, that is still a large install base looking towards the fall of an upgrade bill.
However, Microsoft is quite serious this time, and has launched a website with tutorials on how to upgrade to Windows 8, and describing the need of upgrading from Windows XP and MS Office 2003. The website informs that the support for the platform is supposed to be ended by April 2014 considering the vulnerability of the security system, software compatibility issues, lack of official support, and potential business disorders caused by downtime. Interestingly, Microsoft has put all the blame of threatening businesses and user requirements on the age of most of the hardware based on Windows XP platform, rather than highlighting any sort of fault in the operating system.
There is no report however whether the traditional users running their system on Windows XP operating system would get any sort of discount for upgrading to Windows 8. For at present, the offer is aimed to deal with business customers only. Windows 8 initially saw a mixed response from the users, where many traditional users felt the changes were too hard to adjust. Microsoft has developed an upgraded Windows 8.1 to meet with some of the left-outs in the operating system. Let us hope that works for the company.