Brandon LeBlanc of Microsoft wrote a Blog post that I missed a week ago, marking Microsoft's 60 day countdown to the end of Microsoft Windows XP. In his post, Brandon both marks the countdown and asks user for their help in getting their friends and family to convert before the switch.
LeBlanc's post, while asking users for their help, outlines the detailed roadmap for what users' options are to stay protected after April 8th: Upgrade or Buy a New PC. that's it. Upgrade, or Buy a New PC.
Microsoft's approach to the transition is forced, and I personally don't believe they are being entirely fair with users. I feel that it is obvious if a user is still using a pc old enough it still has XP on it that they are not ready for nor do they like change. One would think that Microsoft would be forward thinking enough to help make the process less painful for users by making upgrading much cheaper. Currently, the cost for users to upgrade from XP to Windows 8 is $199 when bought straight from Microsoft, though Amazon still sells the upgrade to 8 Pro for only $95 (Grab it while it's hot). But I think that offering a limited run sale of $50 for XP users would be a more customer focused plan. Knowing how drastic the difference of experience is for users switching from XP to 8 will be, these kinds of concessions on Microsoft's part are just common sense in my book. But, I digress..
And it is only fair, after examining Microsoft's need to be more flexible and fair, it is extremely important for users to understand that WinXP is 12 years old. 12 years old. We have seen entire industry markets introduced and others revolutionized since WinXP launched. We have seen 2 Presidencies since it's launch. Facebook hadn't even been thought of, MySpace hadn't even launched, we mapped the Human Gemone, the world's first phone with a colored display was launched, 9/11 was just a day, not an anniversary of a tragedy, Switzerland joined the UN, Katrina hit New Orleans, the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression hit, the Space Shuttle program ended.. I could go on. You are using a relic. A piece of equipment from a by gone era. It is time to change.