At a press conference, HP officials flashed a slide that said, simply, "Goodbye XP, Hello HP." It saw that providing XP replacement systems could help sales more than Windows 8, particularly on the commercial side where 40 per cent to half of business users remain on XP systems.
Only another 4 bucks or so to go and it'll be back to where you could have sold well over a year ago at 29 plus, still a far cry from the lofty heights reached in 2004 at 34.00. But never fear, in Wally world, INTC will take over the world and there will be a never ending bull market till he's 84. Unfortunately, the punch bowl may well disappear before he's 64
I'm with you, wallis, IMO this is the primary reason to stay long with INTC for a while, but I'm guessing most enterprises buy new hardware and install Win7, so they don't have training issues.
I know that this story bodes well for Intel upgrade cycles, at least from the initial impression. It was introduced in September of 2001. So, it's going on a dozen year old. The thing that makes it sad to lose in perspective of Intel is that at the time a fairly robust system would have around 512 megabytes of RAM and a 40GB hard drive was considered a fairly large drive. A highly stripped down version can install in under one gig of space and a sloppy install is around 8GB. With the new smartphones hitting the market powered by Intel one of the neat things to try would be making a dual boot and running XP. Perhaps if Microsoft went to a very low annual subscription on XP they would find funding to develop it further. I could see how hooking it up to external USB, and monitor and running an actual XP session from a phone would have it's benefits, especially in enterprise situations where systems are locked down hard. Not for everyday use but in emergencies this would be amazing.
Article: "The clock ticks on XP, and a tough transition looms for some agencies"
"There are still more XP users than most people think. Net Applications, which tracks users of every OS, says that XP users still make up 37.7 percent of the global market as of May. And although Net Applications doesn’t have separate numbers on the public sector, plenty of those XP users are in government offices, even if the agencies are in the process of upgrading to Windows 7 (most likely) or 8 (less likely).
"The only Windows version with a higher install base than XP is Windows 7, at 44.8 percent. Windows 8 users are still stuck in the single digits, at 4.2 percent, behind even Vista at 4.7 percent. Incidentally, Mac OS users account for only 2.9 percent of the global market with others (mostly Linux) holding 5.6 percent.
"For individual users, upgrading from XP isn’t a major undertaking, for agencies with a large number of users, it’s a daunting task. As Microsoft notes in a blog post, “If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late.”
My comment: The EOL of XP on April 8, 2014 has the potential to create a great deal of stress, especially in government agencies. Microsoft says upgrading an O/S over an enterprise can take 18 to 32 months.
From Microsoft Blog: "What does End of Support mean to customers? Simply, it means you should take action to move off of Windows XP. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks..."
If Y2K can produce panic, why not this?
I can't understand why so many are still on XP. I could see them having skipped Vista but not Win7.
It's going to be quite a wave and it has to start soon. The end of the conversion deadline is just about the same as when we expect to see Merrifield smartphones come out. That's a nice one-two combination. We should see it start to build in Q3 and really pick up some momentum in Q4 before a final flurry in Q1 of 2014. Intel should have tremendous momentum in 2H of this year and continuing into 2014.
2013: Year of the Intel Tablet (tablet sales are doubling each quarter)
2014: Year of the Intel Smartphone (with Merrifield arriving at the World Mobile Congress in February)