Windows XP has had a great run, it was undeniably one of the most popular Windows iteration that Microsoft has ever created. Its severely outdated now, succeeded by the likes of Windows 7 and Windows 8. On April 18th, Microsoft is finally going to cut the cord, it will no longer provide support for the OS. This means no security patches, no updates and certainly no bug fixes. The company has been urging holdouts for quite some time to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 8, and it makes yet another attempt by tapping its senior marketing communications manager, Brandon LeBlanc, to write a blog post on how to help your family and friends do just that within the next 60 days.
LeBlanc essentially lists three courses of action. Holdouts can either purchase and upgrade their existing compatible PCs to Windows 8, they can upgrade existing PCs so they’re compatible with the new iteration, or they can simply get a new PC that comes with Windows 8 pre-installed. If you think LeBlanc’s blog post is more like a sales pitch for Windows 8.1 then you’re not alone, a couple of commenters share the same sentiments, with one reader even saying that “had the article actually mentioned both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 as options, I would be able to take it more seriously.” Many customers have conflicting opinions when it comes to Windows 7 vs Windows 8, HP’s recent move to bring back Windows 7 PCs and put them front and center on its website as opposed to Windows 8 PCs made it seem like at least one OEMs customers preferred the previous iteration. HP itself said that Windows 7 PCs were back “by popular demand.”