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Do you still have Windows XP? Now might be the time to upgrade.
Microsoft is ending its support of the 13-year-old operating system on April 8, which means users will no longer receive technical support or security updates. The tech giant is urging XP users to purchase a new PC or Windows Surface device, and it’s offering $100 discounts to those who upgrade.
But, according to PCMag, there are a couple of catches:
- You have the option to take your Windows XP device to a Microsoft store and trade it in. Or “you have to actually be browsing Microsoft’s store using a computer that’s running Windows XP in order to see the offer,” PCMag said.
- The cost of the new device has to be $599 or more.
USA Today says Windows XP is still used by about 1 in 3 computer users.
How have people responded to Microsoft’s announcement that it’s ending XP support? USA Today’s Jefferson Graham says it’s about time.
The bottom line is Microsoft is finally taking care of a problem that should have been dealt with years ago. … Microsoft is in the business of selling new software, after all, and clearly should have ended XP support years ago — certainly when Windows 7 came out. It wants its customers on more secure platforms that can work with the latest programs.
And to get the point across now, it is using its marketing muscle to spread the word. Why wouldn’t it? It’s good business.
The Microsoft $100-off promotion ends June 15.
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