Windows 8.1 Transition Punishes XP Users as New Microsoft CEO Takes Reins

Windows 8.1

Less than a week into Satya Nadella taking the reins as Microsoft CEO, there has been backlash with the anticipated rollout of the Windows 8.1 operating system as it penalizes current XP users.

Microsoft reached out to its tech-savvy user base and asked them to help users that were still running XP, either in upgrading their computers or encouraging them to buy new ones.

The problem with only upgrading the computer is that the settings, applications and files will not transfer over. XP users will have to back up all files. Microsoft said the easiest way to adapt to the change is to just buy a new PC. Either way, XP users will have to learn a completely new interface.

There is the middle ground of upgrading to Windows 7, which is a software Microsoft still supports. This may be used on some computers that are not capable of running Windows 8.1.

So what happens if a user does not upgrade from the outdated Windows XP or buy a new computer?

Microsoft will not run tech support for the XP operating system after April 8, 2014. Also on this date, Microsoft will stop releasing updates that protect against viruses for XP.

This means that any system running the XP operating system could be vulnerable to hacking after April 8. Microsoft tried to end Windows XP support back in 2013, but extended the deadline after pushback from the user base.

Microsoft said the deadline would remain firm this time. This is Nadella’s first big transition after taking the reins as Microsoft’s new CEO and the Windows 8.1 rollout is a huge change as XP users are penalized.

Symantec, a security researcher, said that Windows XP is installed on more than 95 percent of ATMs and is on a network that links the machines together. Also, it is installed on four million checkout systems worldwide. The end of virus protection updates for XP will leave users susceptible to hacks. There has already been a recent surplus of big security breaches in major retailers like Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels.

The XP operating system is now 12 years old. According to Director of Windows and Surface Business Group at Microsoft Canada Henrik Guetle, the operating system was developed for a different era where the threats and usage are not what they are today. Guetle urges companies not to take this lightly.

Symantec regional manager Stefano Tiranardi said that there has not yet “been a catalyst” to make companies change their operating systems, but that they are “gambling with the security” in regards to their “user data.”

Leaks of new Windows 8.1 information shows that Microsoft is trying to make the installation of the operating system as easy as possible. It will now identify the hardware capabilities and upload the correct interface, whether it is touch screen or PC. It has also made some adjustments to make the software as user-friendly as possible. Microsoft hopes users will make the change to Windows 8.1.

Within the first week of taking the reins, new Microsoft CEO Nadella already has his plate full with the pending Windows 8.1 transition that penalizes current XP users.

By Rebecca Hofland



LA Times

Ottawa Citizen


7 Responses to "Windows 8.1 Transition Punishes XP Users as New Microsoft CEO Takes Reins"

  1. zanzibar   March 4, 2014 at 9:08 am

    The only ones getting punished are at Microsoft. They’re driving people AWAY from Windows into the arms of Apple and Linux (long live LMDE, I love it). And they don’t realize THIS either by now? Such stupid people running that outfit.

    So tell me honestly they have no plan in place to support ATMs and the like. BS.

  2. David Knowles   February 14, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I got a 8 year old box that is running lovely on Windows 8, I doubt there many PCs which can’t run W8. XP is 12 year old, most people shouldn’t expect upgrades to happen seamlessly.

  3. Chas Oper   February 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I’m 65 and use my xp for work and e-mail and some buying on line. I don’t want all the new changes in windows8 and don’t need them. MS should keep older people in mine and keep something simple for us. This all in one is not for us.

  4. Chris Greenwood (@cjgdevizes)   February 11, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    If it ain’t broke – don’t upgrade it
    Typical Microsoft policy to roll out yet another crappy, badly worked interface!
    We had all the broken DOSs, then Windows Me

  5. Astro   February 11, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I work at a mid-sized corporation where social media during office hours is frown upon. Employees are expected to focus their time on handling operational issues and answering to customers and vendors, and maintaining the internal reporting routine. Windows XP works just fine and people boot up their PC to read emails. But switching to Windows 8.1 means a tablet-type interface where the focus is on social media and camera/video/music/picture tiles ….. everything that our company considered “personal time” and taking employee focus away from work. I’m surprised Microsoft don’t realize that. Many large firms are still conservative (nothing wrong with that) and wants employees to do good work, not spend time updating social media and moving tiles around.

    • David Knowles   February 14, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      Most of those tools can easily be remove, some of them have proven useful through, for example one office I help set up on W8, it set up so that all staff can see how many emails they got as soon as they log into their work stations, they can see instantly what the weather is like, important being a logistic company. And the company have expanded their own custom apps to work with Metro and display work orders on the Metro interface, the IT staff can actually see the status of all job in the Metro windows without having to open up the dedicated program. In fact custom queries are being answers 20% faster since they switch to W8. This a 57 personnel office. Bigger companies, that are less agile with no internal developer team will probably struggle, but a company that is willing to adapt and change it likely to actually see improvement.

  6. Mendz   February 11, 2014 at 5:24 am

    Punish? Quite a stupid angle for something that’s not suppose to be an issue. XP’s end-of-life has been published by MS many years ago. Users must upgrade if they want tech support. Otherwise, they can keep XP but expect no support from MS. Big deal! 12 years in the wild and you think people still need Microsoft’s help to use it?


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