Microsoft is willing to pay $100 for users to upgrade to the newer version of Windows operating systems. The 13-year-old operating system, Windows XP, is going to die on 8th April this year and company will stop issuing fix and updates to the bugs and security flaws in the system.
Microsoft, the Redmond giant, announced to give a store credit of $100 to those who are going to buy a new Windows 8 computer, which basically range from $600 to $2300.
Currently Microsoft Windows XP OS holds about 30-percent of market share with Windows 7, having about 50 percent of it. The latest OS in the line, Windows 8 and 8.1, holds the market share just near to that of Mac OS X. The $100 credit, which we feel is just a part of marketing strategy, is only available when users upgrade to new Windows machines.
The end of support for the Windows XP will expose users to future threats and it is being used by the banks and government organizations across the world. Most of kiosks, including ATMs, have been deployed with Windows XP running on them and at this moment someone with a tricky exploit can cause a loss to the property.
Windows XP is one of the most infected OS among all, in the past and now it has always been in the effect of malicious programs and computer viruses. The choice left now is to upgrade to the newer versions of the Windows operating systems. Organizations and banks may go for the Windows 7 but than the question rises, why not for the Windows 8. The OS is latest from the Microsoft and would not end soon.
Another options is to choose for the open source technologies. Although the transition is not going to be easy , many organization are looking forward to have it in their systems. Operating systems based on Linux are free to use but does require skills to maintain them.