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Microsoft Delays Windows XP Antivirus Doomsday

Security Essentials for XP gets 15-month extension, but some antivirus vendors promise updates through 2017 and beyond.

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anon6040656171
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anon6040656171,
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4/21/2014 | 2:46:43 PM
No, sorry, wrong - plug well and truly pulled...
Er... Looks like Micro$oft didn't read this website. They pulled the plug on all the XP installed Security Essentials boxes I am running. Maybe they were kidding this website?
Gary_EL
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1/17/2014 | 12:23:51 AM
Smart move on Microsoft's Part
The timing here is absolutely amazing. I need to buy a backup machine, and, not wanting to spend serious money on a decent Windows 7 box, I was going to buy a Chrombook. This would have been a huge move for me, because aside from some dabbling with Ubuntu, I'm a pure Microsoft user. Now, I don't have to venture from the comfy home I've been warm and happy in since 1985. So, no Chromebook, but a $60 Pentium IV from Craigslist, and one relieved customer will stay exclusively onboard with Bill and the Redmond crew.
global-george
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global-george,
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1/16/2014 | 4:32:31 PM
Re: I have too many XP machines to upgrade them all
New hardware is not required for Robolinux, that in itself saved us a fortune. However as the more aging pc's break, yes we will then purchase new machines on an as needed basis. As far as mobile is concerned Linux is inherently very strong in this space so no issue there.
global-george
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global-george,
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1/16/2014 | 4:21:46 PM
Re: I have too many XP machines to upgrade them all
$3700? You apparently are not in IT or your math skills are lacking. For starters the XP apps won't run on 8 and Windows 7 requires New hardware.
Marilyn Cohodas
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1/16/2014 | 4:20:59 PM
Re: I have too many XP machines to upgrade them all
Are you planning to refresh the hardware? Does Robolinix support mobile platforms? This is all very interesting to me! Thanks!
global-george
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1/16/2014 | 4:15:01 PM
Re: I have too many XP machines to upgrade them all
Our internal IT folks are busy porting all of our custom applications to either SAAS or native Linux applications. We did the math and the savings are significant. So yes we plan to keep Robolinux which our Users really love as it is much faster and is way more secure than any Windows OS, especially Windows 7.
GAProgrammer
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1/16/2014 | 4:00:13 PM
Re: I have too many XP machines to upgrade them all
Really? You have 26 (or more) employees yet can't afford $3700 in software and maybe the same amount in consulting fees? I understand that no one likes to spend money, but $7500 in upgrade costs for someone with that many computers seems more than reasonable. By the way, that is retail pricing, not even OEM pricing.

I hear people whining about Microsoft and their costs, but it all seems reasonable to me. To be on XP still, especially as a small business, just sounds like poor planning to me. While I disagree with your lack of enthusiam for Windows 8, there is no good business reason not to move to Windows 7.
Marilyn Cohodas
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1/16/2014 | 3:58:04 PM
Re: I have too many XP machines to upgrade them all
That's an interesting approach. Has the experience sold you on Robolinux OS going forward. Or do you see your organization migrating back to Windows for you next client refresh. What's your strategy?
global-george
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global-george,
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1/16/2014 | 3:10:15 PM
I have too many XP machines to upgrade them all
Since my office has 26 Windows XP machines I cannot afford to upgrade all of them to Windows 7 and no one here likesWindows 8, so I hired an IT Consultant who recommended a very polished Linux operating system called Robolinux which runs XP or 7, inside it, making our XP machines completely immune to all viruses and malware, requiring absolutely no updates or anti virus or anti malware software purchases. The Robolinux OS was a 7 minute install per PC. Also extremely easy for our users to operate it. It saved our company thousands of dollars. At first I was skeptical but my local IT Guru explained to me how the advanced Robolinux VM technology operates and it made perfect sense to me. So far after 6 months not one of our 26 Windows XP boxes have been infected by any viruses or malware. I hope this helps others who just can't afford to upgrade.
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