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Microsoft Windows 8 Office 2013 carrots to get SMBs off XP

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    Microsoft Windows 8 Office 2013 carrots to get SMBs off XP


    Microsoft is offering small and midsize business users a limited-time 15 percent price break on Windows 8 and Office 2013 in the hopes of convincing them to move off Windows XP.
    Read more at source:
    Microsoft dangles Windows 8, Office 2013 carrots to get SMBs off Windows XP | ZDNet

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    This may be a smart move for Microsoft. With XP loosing support in a year it will be time for these businesses to look at upgrading, and at the present it looks as if win 7 is the way to go.

    Thanks Shawn for the info. . .
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    Actually, if those enterprises that are still on xp, chances are those are xp era machines that can't handle Aero correctly. If given the option, I'd take 8 over 7 because it has been found to run better than xp on an xp machine. Also, you don't use the Aero Basic theme. It sucks hard. It's a bland babyish blue, choppy, and can't ever be changed. It's basically like a lighter blue xp theme with a vista start menu quite honestly.

    I'll take the more efficient and cleaner looking OS with more personalization....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    If given the option, I'd take 8 over 7 because it has been found to run better than xp on an xp machine.
    I had a lot of problems trying to get 8 to work on my personal XP laptops.

    If the right drivers exist, I'm sure it's a breeze and you get better performance. However if the drivers don't exist or are flaky (or if you need a BIOS update), it's not fun and I still get occasional BSODs that I suspect are driver issues.

    Having said that, my work laptop (currently running XP!) is actually a lot more recent and I'm sure would run 8 with no problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Actually, if those enterprises that are still on xp, chances are those are xp era machines that can't handle Aero correctly. If given the option, I'd take 8 over 7 because it has been found to run better than xp on an xp machine. Also, you don't use the Aero Basic theme. It sucks hard. It's a bland babyish blue, choppy, and can't ever be changed. It's basically like a lighter blue xp theme with a vista start menu quite honestly.

    I'll take the more efficient and cleaner looking OS with more personalization....
    Hi Coke,

    The article is about small businesses not enterprise. . .
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    An enterprise is like a small business, it just has more people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    An enterprise is like a small business, it just has more people.
    I always look at small businesses as more of a cottage type industry. . .you know like; plumbers, car repair shops, carpenters (independent), etc.. The guys that use Quick Books. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ray8 View Post
    An enterprise is like a small business, it just has more people.
    I always look at small businesses as more of a cottage type industry. . .you know like; plumbers, car repair shops, carpenters (independent), etc.. The guys that use Quick Books. . .
    I know, I was just feeding more coke to the robot.
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