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Microsoft gooses Windows XP's custom support prices as deadline nears

Gregg Keizer | Feb. 22, 2013
'Seems punitive,' says Gartner, which cites costs of up to $5M for first year of enterprise after-retirement support

Windows 7, which debuted in October 2009, looks to be the next XP, an OS that is so successful that businesses hang on to it until the very end.

"Microsoft may be trying to train [enterprises] with these high custom support prices, but I don't think [enterprises] will really change," said Silver, who expected to reprise his advice, the next time about Windows 7, before the decade's out.


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