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12 Mar 2014   #1

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Should Microsoft allow almost half a billion PCs to become potential..

Should Microsoft allow almost half a billion PCs to become potential prey for hackers?

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While Microsoft would like all eyes on the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1 release, but what many of us are focused on is the fact that Windows XP will soon hit the end of support date.

Windows XP is a ticking timebomb for Microsoft. This that the operating system – which was first released at the turn of the millennium – is dead and gone? Think again. Estimates suggest that there are some 488 million PCs in the wild running the aging operating system. That's a shade under half a billion PCs in all.

That's a huge number, and it accounts for some 30 percent of all PCs according to metrics site NetApplications.

Can Microsoft allow almost half a billion internet-connected PCs to fall into the hands of hackers as newly-discovered vulnerabilities are no longer patched after the April 8th deadline?
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13 Mar 2014   #2

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It certainly looks like that is going to happen. There have been plenty of warnings that XP is soon to be abandoned, so if some people decide they are not going to avoid that problem then what can be done about it?.
It is probably in the same category as cigarette smoking, which has been recognised for years, but people still smoke regardless of the risk.
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13 Mar 2014   #3

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Not only have there been plenty of warnings, there has even been a reprieve. M$ should not be expected to support a product forever. After all, they are in the business to make money, not be a charity.
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13 Mar 2014   #4

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Not only have there been plenty of warnings, there has even been a reprieve. M$ should not be expected to support a product forever. After all, they are in the business to make money, not be a charity.
Agreed. My main concern are those small businesses that still use XP. It will be unsettling knowing that if they have any sensitive information stored that they do so with an outdated program or places such as restaurants that you want to pay with credit card, but you do not realize they are using XP. It's a shame 8 was so universally rejected and 7 was given a life countdown, as I think if 8 was more globally accepted they could have ran some time of business deal both on a large corporate scale and for those small business that are set in their ways, in order to migrate them to a more secure OS, which would of course give MS the business they so desire.
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13 Mar 2014   #5

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MS could potentially make a stack of money providing paid updates to subscribers.

If only 100M out of the 488M PCs are owned by businesses and they were willing to pay $10/month/PC, that would generate $1B/month.

I doubt it would cost MS anything like that to provide patches (i.e. 100,000 programmers @ $10K/month).
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13 Mar 2014   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
MS could potentially make a stack of money providing paid updates to subscribers.

If only 100M out of the 488M PCs are owned by businesses and they were willing to pay $10/month/PC, that would generate $1B/month.

I doubt it would cost MS anything like that to provide patches (i.e. 100,000 programmers @ $10K/month).
And how many people do you think would actually pay that?
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13 Mar 2014   #7

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...My main concern are those small businesses that still use XP. It will be unsettling knowing that if they have any sensitive information stored that they do so with an outdated program or places such as restaurants that you want to pay with credit card, but you do not realize they are using XP...
That's why I'm seriously considering starting to carry the debit card I use for internet only. I keep only the balance I expect to spend in it and it has no overdraft provision; if there is insufficient cash in the account, the transaction will be rejected. I always have a pretty fair idea how much I'm going to spend on that card before I use it and adding to the balance is easy online or I can always call it in if necessary as long as it's during business hours.
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13 Mar 2014   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bberkey1 View Post
My main concern are those small businesses that still use XP. It will be unsettling knowing that if they have any sensitive information stored that they do so with an outdated program or places such as restaurants that you want to pay with credit card, but you do not realize they are using XP.
Not only businesses but other places that have confidential data about you. I was at the hospital last week & I noticed they are still running XP on their PC's. Same thing at a doctors office I visited that same week. This makes for a scary situation.

But as stated, people have been warned that XP support will end. What they do is their choice...
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13 Mar 2014   #9

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
MS could potentially make a stack of money providing paid updates to subscribers.

If only 100M out of the 488M PCs are owned by businesses and they were willing to pay $10/month/PC, that would generate $1B/month.

I doubt it would cost MS anything like that to provide patches (i.e. 100,000 programmers @ $10K/month).
UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date ? The Register

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Microsoft is charging users who want extended support for custom agreements $200 per PC in the first year of a contract, $400 in year two and $800 for year three.
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13 Mar 2014   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bberkey1 View Post
My main concern are those small businesses that still use XP. It will be unsettling knowing that if they have any sensitive information stored that they do so with an outdated program or places such as restaurants that you want to pay with credit card, but you do not realize they are using XP.
Not only businesses but other places that have confidential data about you. I was at the hospital last week & I noticed they are still running XP on their PC's. Same thing at a doctors office I visited that same week. This makes for a scary situation.

But as stated, people have been warned that XP support will end. What they do is their choice...
Not when they have a responsibility to protect people's data.
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