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9 Ways Microsoft Is Scaring Windows XP Laggards Into Upgrading

With less than 75 days left until Microsoft cuts off support for Windows XP, we present marketing messages it has given to partners to convince customers that now's the time to upgrade.

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All Aboard The XP Upgrade Bandwagon

Microsoft has been warning customers for the past couple of years that using Windows XP after April 18 is dangerous because it won't be releasing security patches for the aging OS. But apparently, a sizable number of customers haven't been listening. In December, Net Applications reported that Windows XP was running on 29 percent of PCs globally.

Windows XP and Office 2003 upgrades are big business opportunities for Microsoft partners. But it can be difficult to get customers to upgrade when these products are still meeting their needs just fine. So Microsoft has helpfully come up with marketing suggestions partners can use to convert the XP and Office 2003 holdouts.

With less than 75 days left until Microsoft guillotines support for XP and Office 2003, we've gathered up some of Microsoft's dire marketing messages, to show how the software giant has been trying to get customers to wake up and smell the coffee. Here are some examples.

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