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Hewlett Packard launched a new add campaign with discounts on HP computers with Windows 7 installed on them.  It cannot be making Microsoft happy that this campaign is playing off the combination of the end of Windows XP support and the dislike for Windows 8 and 8.1.

Windows XP Shutdown: 10 Facts to Know

Jeff Bertolucci over at has a slideshow on the 10 things you need to know about the Windows XP shutdown.  Here is the list:

  1. XP will still run, but you’re on your own
  2. Can your hardware handle windows 8.1?
  3. Upgrading won’t be easy
  4. Take the Windows 7 upgrade path
  5. Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 get kicked to the curb, too
  6. Sayonara, Security Essentials for XP
  7. Windows XP Mode In Windows 7
  8. Troubleshoot bad apps
  9. Make room for upgrades
  10. Help for smakker guys

Full information on each point is available here.

Microsoft Security Essentials Is Going Away

Microsoft secutiry Essentials for XP is going away with Windows XP support.  It has been available for Windows XP, VIsta, and 7, but Windows 8.1 has its own security built in.  If you already have it installed, you will continue to receive updates, but only until July 2015.  That is little security for XP users as there will be no Windows security updates after April 8th, so security will be a big issue.

LinkedIn Privacy: 5 Safety Tips

LinkedIn Privacy: 5 Safety Tips (via InformationWeek)

Protect your LinkedIn account by browsing securely, keeping your activity private, and recognizing signs of malicious behavior. Earlier this month, LinkedIn killed a controversial feature called “Intro,” which embedded LinkedIn profiles into emails…

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