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.
Jeff Bertolucci over at InformationWeek.com has a slideshow on the 10 things you need to know about the Windows XP shutdown. Here is the list:
- XP will still run, but you’re on your own
- Can your hardware handle windows 8.1?
- Upgrading won’t be easy
- Take the Windows 7 upgrade path
- Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 get kicked to the curb, too
- Sayonara, Security Essentials for XP
- Windows XP Mode In Windows 7
- Troubleshoot bad apps
- Make room for upgrades
- Help for smakker guys
Full information on each point is available here.
Matthew J. Schwartz over at InformationWeek.com is reporting that Microsoft has extended its antivirus protection for Windows XP for 15 months, or until July 14, 2015. Some third-party vendors are promising updates through 2017.
Microsoft announced at its BUILD developers conference that it would release Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 7, its most popular platform (powers 49% of Windows machines). The beta version of IE 11 was released with Window 8.1.
Sometimes you get an error when installing Windows 7 on a Mac using Bootcamp. There are a number of workarounds for this. Paul Thurrott posted three here. If you have problems entering the Microsoft key or with validating it, use option on Paul Thurrott’s list.