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Microsoft Publishes Article About Moving People Off XP, Comment Rage Ensues



/ 3 years ago

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Microsoft’s often dubious PR and marketing stunts have always been something to sit back and have a good laugh at, below are just a few of some of the examples I can think of:

Microsoft’s latest example barely classifies as a marketing or PR stunt, but it has had a similar effect nonetheless. Microsoft released an article entitled “Help your friends and family get off Windows XP” in an attempt to persuade its loyal followers to convince, assist and persuade family and friends to make the Windows 8.1 upgrade if they are still running XP. The article has been plagued with criticisms from angry readers using a variety of Windows operating systems. Some typifying comments include:

  • thebuzzcjc: “I would trade in Windows 8 for XP every and any day of the week, and consider it a substantial upgrade.”
  • trparky: “As for my feelings of Windows 8/8.1, they are as follows… IT SUCKS!”
  • WL1999: “Microsoft is not listening to customers. I like my Win XP PC and I not interested in upgrading, but I feel I am been forced to. Is it so inconvenient for Microsoft to continue support Windows XP???”

This certainly looks like an article that has backfired heavily on Microsoft; with 86 comments and counting it is certainly worth having a read through what some of the comments have to say.

Do you still use a Windows XP computer? Will you be making the upgrade when the retirement date passes? If yes, why? If no, why not?

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  • charley machicote

    WHY DONT THEY GIVE A BARGIN PRICE SAY 40 BUCK FOR THE UPGRADE STILL MAKE BILLIONS AND GET XP OUT OF THE WAY .. FIRST MAKE IT WORK WITH MORE OF THE OLDER PROGRAMS

  • Curtis Corse

    I think that Microsoft ought to offer such a good incentive for switching that remaining on XP seems foolish. I don’t think that the upgrade should be to Windows 8.1 though. If the point is to get people off of XP, upgrading to anything above XP should qualify for this incentive. Since Windows 8.1 sucks hairy goat testicles, it should be acceptable to upgrade to Windows 7. I don’t think anyone with half a brain cell would upgrade to Vista, but it should still be an option. What should Microsoft do for an incentive? That I don’t know but it would probably look something like a $20-$50 upgrade depending on what OS the user upgrades to. Would Windows 8.1 even run on some of the older machines that are running XP? It just doesn’t seem like Microsoft has thought this through (as usual).

  • R

    Why the hell don’t they say get people off XP and on to 7?

  • David

    Give me a free copy of Windows 8 and I will upgrade my XP computer to 8. Until then, they can do one.

  • Lee Exley

    I wouldn’t touch Windows 8 with a barge pole, MS seriously messed up the desktop interface by making it a tablet/touch OS, only way I’d consider 8 is if they gave us Start menu as it should be and an option to never see that damn stupid Start Screen ever again.

  • Name

    I’d rather advocate an upgrade to Linux.