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    Microsoft to Kill Windows XP

    SAN FRANCISCO - MARCH 22:  A CompUSA sales associate stands near a display of Microsoft Windows XP software at a CompUSA store March 22, 2006 in San Francisco, California. Microsoft, the world's largest software company, announced today that it will delay the much anticipated launch of its Vista operating system scheduled to be released to consumers mid year. Vista is expected to release January 2007 to consumers and November 2006 to business customers.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner said that the company will end support for Windows XP, the operating system used by a vast majority of American offices, in April 2014. Microsoft usually ends support for operating systems after 10 years; Windows XP debuted in 2001, but the company decided to extend support through 2014, because many of its business customers had not upgraded to newer operating systems. Turner said, “We are end-of-lifing XP and Office 2003 and everything prior, in April 2014. So for all those companies that have the old products that haven’t quite started the refresh, guess what? This has been a great product, XP has been a wonderful product; great TCO has been given. It’s now time for it to go.”

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