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Enthusiast crowd keeps Windows XP alive, creates new service pack

08/27, 10:00pm

POSReady updates rolled into single service pack, release client being worked on

Windows XP hold outs might be able to put off upgrading to a new version of Windows for the time being, as long as they don't mind patching the operating system through unofficial channels. While support for the operating system was officially dropped by Microsoft on April 8, a new service pack has been released by a community project that's keeping the aging operating system alive.

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Java support for Windows XP ended in April, no more supported updates

07/06, 4:50pm

Company no longer issuing platform fixes, security updates continue until April 2015

When the next quarterly update to Java rolls around later this month, Oracle says it won't include support for Windows XP users. The critical patch update, scheduled for July 15, updates Java 7 and Java 8 for newer Microsoft operating systems from Vista up to Windows 8. The choice to use Java on XP is left up to users because of the potential risk involved.

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Microsoft warns users against XP registry hack for security updates

05/28, 3:05pm

Hack gives access to POSReady security updates, Microsoft says untested on XP

Users of Windows XP were left without many options other than upgrading when support for the operating system was halted April. However, a new workaround has been discovered by Betanews that could extended support into 2019. Even though security updates will become available in the process, Microsoft is warning XP users against making modifications to the registry.

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China bans Windows 8 from government computers over support concerns

05/20, 10:07am

End of Windows XP support pushes China to avoid Windows 8

China has banned the use of Windows 8 on new computers used by the government, citing security issues. The limited lifetime of support for Microsoft operating systems, as evidenced recently with Windows XP, is said to have forced the government to decree all desktops, notebooks, and tablet PCs to run any other operating system than Windows 8.

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IRS caught out by Windows XP support expiry, $30M needed to migrate

04/13, 5:51pm

Migration from Windows XP to Windows 7 delayed by IRS over budget troubles

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has paid Microsoft for an extra year of support for Windows XP, it has been revealed. The agency's failure to migrate approximately 58,000 out of 110,000 Windows computers from Windows XP to Windows 7, and though the actual figure being paid is unknown, it is likely to cost the IRS millions of dollars.

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UK government strikes deal, Windows XP given one year reprieve

04/04, 9:36am

Deal mandates agencies have a migration plan for April 2015

On what is effectively the last minute before Windows XP's support expiry, the UK government has struck a deal with Microsoft offering another 12 months of support to the elderly operating system. The £5.548 million ($9.2 million) deal extends support for Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2003, and Microsoft Exchange 2003 to governmental agencies in the UK.

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Microsoft offers $100 discount on new PC with Windows XP trade-in

03/21, 4:58pm

Attempt by Microsoft to upgrade users before Windows XP support ends

Microsoft is trying to encourage users to migrate away from Windows XP to a newer operating system, by offering a discount on a new computer. Customers buying one of a number of selected PCs at a Microsoft Store will be able to receive a discount of $100 off the cost of the new machine, after exchanging an older computer running Windows XP with the store.

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PC shipments face 7.8-percent drop in 2013, more in 2014, claims IDC

05/29, 7:59am

Windows XP support expiry to marginally help PC sales next year

Shipments of personal computers are set to drop even lower before the end of the year, continuing the ongoing trend for the PC industry as a whole. New figures released by IDC predict that overall PC shipments will decline by as much as 7.8 percent in 2013, with it set to go down by a further 1.2 percent in 2014.

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Adobe: next Photoshop to drop Windows XP support

09/15, 8:37pm

CS6 the last version to support Windows XP

The next major release of Adobe's Photoshop image editing software will drop support for Windows XP. This according to a post on the Photoshop.com Blog yesterday, one that cited the XP's limitations in light of computing advancements over the last eleven years since the operating system's release. Photoshop CS6 will be the last major Photoshop release to support XP.

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Study: Windows XP support costs high and rising

05/25, 9:00pm

Five year support costs 70 percent more than first year

A Microsoft-sponsored IDC report released yesterday claims that annual support costs for Windows XP systems are five times higher than a Windows 7 system, as part of the software maker's latest effort to push users to move to its most recent Windows version. Last month, Microsoft (with uncharacteristic frankness) issued a statement that told organizations that if they have not started "the migration to a modern PC, you are late." Windows XP will finally be completely orphaned by Microsoft with no further support or patches in April 2014, nearly 13 years after it launched.

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LG Cloud launches, guns after iCloud on mobile, PC, TV

04/30, 12:55am

LG Cloud kicks off in Korea

LG has formally launched into the cloud space on Monday with a beta of LG Cloud. The service is intended as a non-exclusive way to quickly shuttle music, photos, and videos between the various devices in LG"s ecosystem, including PCs, smartphones, and TVs. By including the TV, it carries the uncommon advantage of exporting 3D content: a 3D video recorded on an Optimus 3D Max can be remotely shared to a TV that can play it back.

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BlueStacks' Android on Windows App Player enters beta

03/27, 9:25am

BlueStacks beta supports Angry Birds and more

BlueStacks' App Player was posted as a beta on Tuesday with significant expansion over the earlier alpha. The Android-on-Windows emulator's compatibility is now much wider and will recognize games like Angry Birds Space that would normally talk directly to an ARM chip. OS support is wider as well, expanding from just Windows 7 to either as far back as Windows XP or as recent as the Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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Microsoft sues UK shop Comet for 94K alleged Windows fakes

01/04, 9:15am

Microsoft accuses UK retailer Comet of mass piracy

Microsoft on Wednesday sued British retailer Comet for allegedly committing mass piracy. It claimed the store made and sold 94,000 "counterfeit" copies of Windows XP and Vista as recovery discs. The sales were "unfair to customers," Microsoft's associate general counsel David Finn claimed, implying that customers didn't concern themselves with or know that the discs weren't from Microsoft.

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Microsoft 'kills' IE6 use in the US, celebrates with cake

01/03, 3:55pm

Microsoft cheers end to IE6 use

Microsoft's hopes that Internet Explorer 6 would die were partly validated after the company's Roger Capriotti noted that the decade-old browser had been reduced to irrelevance in the US. Working from data at NetApplications, he declared IE6 over as it made up just 0.9 percent of all American web traffic. The US was late, having been preceded by parts of Europe and Scandinavia, but was coming at the same time as the Czech Republic, Mexico, the Philippines, and others were also dropping below one percent.

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Mac OS X Lion growth slows, hits 16% of Mac share

11/12, 9:05pm

Chitika has Lion adoption levelling off

Adoption of Mac OS X Lion has slowed significantly in the past month, Chitika found in its latest web traffic results. While it was up to 14 percent in September after being available for two months, it had moved just two percent more by late October to hit 16 percent of the Mac user base. Snow Leopard still had a clear majority at 55 percent, while even the four years old Leopard was at 22 percent.

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ITG xpPhone 2 first smartphone to carry Windows 8

10/28, 10:45am

ITG xpPhone 2 uses Windows 8 with 1.6GHz CPU

Chinese electronics maker ITG is preparing a successor to its Windows XP-running smartphone in the xpPhone 2, which uses Windows 8. The first smartphone to do so, it gets a 4.3-inch touchscreen to display the desktop software's Metro-inspired interface. It measures in at a large 140x73x17.5mm (5.5x2.9x0.7 inches), and hardware will also be nearly desktop-like, with a 1.6GHz CPU, 2GB of RAM, and as much as 112GB of storage space.

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Windows XP ship date turns 10 as Microsoft fights to let go

10/25, 1:05pm

Windows XP still top OS despite Microsoft attempts

Microsoft on Tuesday marked the tenth anniversary of Windows XP shipping by doing its best to kill use of the OS. The company's Rich Reynolds heralded the impact of XP, noting that it was there at the threshold of changes both in technology as well as in Microsoft's leadership and the ultimate rises to power for Apple and Google. Simultaneously, however, he mounted a campaign to get users to upgrade, insisting that they could "accomplish much more" with Windows 7.

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Windows 7 becomes first OS more used than XP in 10 years

10/13, 3:15pm

Windows 7 passes XP in usage share for first time

Windows 7 has become the first OS to be used more than Windows XP in the decade since launch. New data collected by StatCounter has shown Windows 7 just passing XP as of October at a rate that saw it grow just as much as XP declined. The troubled earlier release, Windows Vista, never got more than a quarter of users.

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Windows XP turns 10 in very different world

08/24, 4:55pm

Windows XP RTM now a decade old

Microsoft passed a milestone Wednesday as Windows XP reached its tenth anniversary. The OS was released to manufacturing on August 24, 2001, two months before it reached stores October 25 that year. It quickly became the most popular Microsoft OS and to date has sold hundreds of millions of copies.

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Gartner: Windows, OS X gained share by revenue in 2010

04/30, 5:15pm

Gartner breaks down 2010 desktop OS share by cash

A unique breakdown of the OS market by revenue share published by Gartner on Wednesday has revealed moves up in revenue market share by Apple, Microsoft, and some Linux developers last year. Windows as expected stayed on top and gained share by its cash intake, up almost nine points to 78.6 percent and $23.85 billion dollars' worth of sales. Apple only moved up a tenth of a point to 1.7 percent total share, but the growth had it moving twice as quickly and jumping 15.8 percent to $520 million.

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Windows 7 just overtakes XP as top OS in the US

04/11, 1:55pm

Windows 7 now top OS in the US, ekes out XP

Windows 7 has just overtaken Windows XP as the top operating system in the US, according to the latest stats from StatCounter. As of April 7, the newer OS reached a 31.71 percent of share, while Windows XP is only slightly behind, at 31.56 percent. The data was collected using visitor stats from over three million websites and should theoretically cover a large enough swath to represent real share.

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Seagate ships pro-grade 3TB drive with XP support

03/01, 1:25pm

Seagate begins shipping 3TB Barracuda XP HDD

Introduced in the fall, Seagate has now began shipping its 3TB Barracuda XT internal hard drive. The highest capacity hard drive is rare in supporting legacy operating systems such as Windows XP, which can't normally support hard drive capacities higher than 2.1TB. DiscWizard software that's available for download ships with the drive and lets the system read and write to, though not boot from, the extra-large drive.

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Microsoft ends Windows XP preinstalls on PCs

10/22, 12:55pm

Microsoft Windows XP preload deadline is today

As announced earlier this summer, Microsoft as of today will no longer allow PC makers to preload Windows XP onto new computer systems, specifically notebooks. The only way to get XP through new system from now on will be a downgrade option, which is said to remain a viable option until 2014.

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Dell to stop shipping Windows XP systems on October 22

09/09, 10:50am

End of line for new XP installs

Dell has confirmed that it's following Microsoft guidelines and will no longer be shipping any PCs with Windows XP Professional or XP Home after October 22, 2010. According to Dell, it will stop offering XP as a OEM or downgrade option on its PCs beginning this month in preparation for the termination of all consumer licensing agreements for XP by Microsoft. In its place, Dell is advising customers who need to use XP for any reason to run XP Mode in Windows 7 Professional if required.

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ViewSonic shows Windows XP phone

11/12, 4:30pm

ViewSonic shows phone with Windows XP, Intel ULV

What appears to be a rebadged Nokia E90 handset is actually a ViewSonic handset, the VCP08, which is running on Windows XP. The device is said to have an Intel ULV-series processor at its core and otherwise has a 4.3-inch display, along with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of integrated storage space.

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Russia's FAS closes antitrust probe into Microsoft

09/08, 12:10pm

Microsoft found innocent in anti-trust breach

A three-month old investigation by Russian anti-monopoly service FAS into the supposed violations of local anti-trust laws by software giant Microsoft has been closed, with no wrongdoing found. Microsoft was accused of cutting back shipments of its Windows XP operating system both as a standalone product and preloaded onto PCs and over the pricing policy on the aging but still popular OS.

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Daewoo outs LUCOMS Solo Tablet C920-mini

06/22, 4:55pm

Daewoo Solo Tablet C920

South Korea-based Daewoo has recently announced the upcoming release of a convertible tablet netbook, the LUCOMS Solo Tablet C920-mini. As with many other tablets, processing power comes from a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N270 CPU and there is 1GB of RAM onboard. Graphics are handled by the Intel 945 Express components and users can interface via the 8.9-inch, 1024x600 resolution touchscreen when in tablet mode. The 60GB 1.8-inch, 4200rpm hard drive is preloaded with Windows XP Home.

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HP ponders Android netbooks; ASUS, Dell rumored

04/01, 12:40pm

Android netbooks coming?

The Android platform for mobile phones, developed by Google, may soon be used in netbooks, with HP confirming interest and ASUS and Dell rumored to be developing devices as well, says the Wall Street Journal. HP says its engineers are testing the technology, but the decision has not yet been made to go ahead with the plan. The free open-source software could drop the prices of netbooks, which are entry-level devices with low margins that make ultra-low price points hard to achieve. Taiwan's ASUS has said it is considering Android-powered netbooks; Dell may be more likely to develop Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) with the software, but neither company has elaborated on statements.

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Eee PC 901 to offer faster SSD, longer battery life

11/17, 2:40pm

Eee PC 901 SSD, battery

A new ASUS Eee PC 901 model has been spotted for sale in France that offers a high-speed 16GB solid state drive (SSD) along with a new, six-cell 8700mAh battery that is good for 7.2V and should provide users with as much as eight hours of battery life. An Italian Eee PC 901 GO offers the new SSD as well. The 8.9-inch netbook uses Windows XP or Linux operating systems. Previously, the Eee PC 901 offered 20GB of SSD storage for the XP version and 12GB in the Linux versions.

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Apricot drops Linux from Picobook Pro

10/22, 1:10pm

Apricot drops Linux

Linux is no longer a choice of operating system on the Picobook Pro, according to Apricot. Although the netbook was only released last week, Apricot has decided to remove the option of SuSE Linux Enterprise Edition, which cost only 279 ($454) instead of the 328 ($534) for a Windows XP system. In compensation the company has lowered the price of the latter, which is now 299 ($487).

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Dell announces deadline for Windows XP laptops

06/16, 6:40pm

Dell to stop XP shipments

Dell recently announced the last day to purchase one of the company's Inspiron laptops, desktops or workstations with an OEM Windows XP license, which is due to expire on June 30 as per Microsoft's Windows Life-Cycle Policy. Buyers have until June 18 to purchase computers thus equipped, and have the option of buying Windows Vista Business or Ultimate with a downgrade service to Windows XP Professional thereafter. This news confirms earlier reports that the PC and laptop maker will not offer Windows XP pre-loaded onto its products past the Microsoft-imposed deadline.

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MS warns users about Safari/Windows vulnerability

06/02, 11:10am

MS on Safari vulnerability

Owners of Windows XP and Vista should avoid using Apple's Safari browser for the foreseeable future, Microsoft has warned. The company notes that while there is a vulnerability in how XP and Vista handle executables on the desktop, this may not be an immediate issue except that browsers like Safari do not ask permission to download a number of files. An independent analyst, Nilesh Dhanjani, suggests that this could be used to litter websites with automatic malware downloads, effectively "carpet-bombing" PCs.

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