The Effects of Ending Windows XP Support on Future Computer Sales

By | March 3, 2012

First off, to begin with, Microsoft Corporation has released Windows XP (codenamed Memphis), sometime in 2001. It was such an innovation because it was the beginning of a shift of emphasis on solely the computer to the network aspect of the computer (as reflected in the fact that Windows XP runs on NT technology as opposed to its older technology seen in Windows 98). The editions we come to know include Home and Professional. Other less familiar editions include Media Center Edition and Tablet PC edition.

About five years later, Windows Vista came out, however, it was not popular to begin with due to the security malfunctions and various other issues with the computer that were serious enough to warrant people not purchasing the computer. So everyone waited, until something else happened.

Another five years later, what is currently dominating the markets today is Windows 7, the most current OS released by Microsoft Corporation in the Windows family. Now there are more editions to choose from, namely Starter, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise. Four of these editions are targeted at the consumers (depending on their needs), and two of these editions are targeted at businesses (depending on the size). Usually larger-scale businesses will prefer Enterprise over Professional, and people who need to use computers for more advanced purposes will choose Ultimate over Home Premium. Professional is usually reserved for small businesses or home businesses.

At the same time, Windows XP is now in a stage where Microsoft Corporation is extending its support period, providing security updates for free. However, all other aspects are paid. Microsoft Corporation has set the end of Extended Support Period to be on April 8th, 2014. These issues are being compounded by the fact that Windows 8 is currently in development and is currently set to release in late 2012 or early 2013. It is projected that Windows 8 will release in fewer editions, namely Standard, Professional, and Enterprise (32-bit and 64-bit editions would be available).

So basically when Microsoft Corporation ends support on Windows XP on April 8th 2014, what would happen to people using XP? The thing is, when Windows XP ends its support, hypothetically, people would rush to stores to purchase new computers since it would be supported in the mainstream category.  Computer sales for the newer operating systems would possibly go up hypothetically since people are in a rush to keep up with the accelerating pace of technology; they desire to have newer systems that will run efficiently and cleanly. But what about Windows 7 computers?

According to Microsoft Corporation’s website, Windows 7 is under mainstream support until January 13, 2015, and under extended support until January 14, 2020. So that means that while people would still buy Windows 7, however, the fact that Windows 7 would be in the extended support phase opens up the possibility that people would desire to purchase Windows 8. Consequently, computer sales for Windows 8 would go up since people are in the rush to keep up with the current technology.

Therefore, when Windows XP ceases to be supported, computer sales would go up, especially in the case of Windows 8 (since Windows 7 would be in mainstream support for less than a year after that before it goes to extended support phase). But perhaps some people may want to purchase Windows 7 since it still may be on sale at the time, however, computer sales for Windows 7 would not go up as much as Windows 8 because by the time Windows XP ends support people are more interested in Windows 8 rather than Windows 7 so that would explain the trends shown here, reflecting that people will always take advantage of new technology as soon as it becomes available in the hopes of increased efficiency and productivity.


One thought on “The Effects of Ending Windows XP Support on Future Computer Sales

  1. North

    It could also be that everyone hates Windows 8 like Vista. It’s actually more closely related to Win2K and Vista than it is with XP and Win7 as it is a “major” revision: ie. Win2K is Windows 5.0 and Vista is Windows 6.0. Meanwhile, XP is Windows 5.1 and Win7 is 6.1 (as strange as that may be). Therefore, Win8 will be 7.0 which may mean that it could fail like Vista.


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