Lets say only half the XP users decide free is awesome.That would be a whooping 15% market-share increase for windows 8 which should propel it into the 20's% share ensuring developers ignore it at their own peril. it would be nice if they gave their stuff away for free, but a pre-load of a standard edition of Windows is estimated to be only about 30 to 40 bucks.Microsoft's end-of-support site for Windows XP is uncharacteristically harsh about the realities now facing those still running this ancient OS."If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late," it notes, adding that a typical migration of this kind takes 18 to 32 months depending on the size of the operation.Just as problematic, unless something dramatic happens with Windows 8.x this year, it's equally likely that most of those XP holdouts will be moving to Windows 7 whenever they do finally upgrade.Windows 7 will be heading off into the sunset on January 14, 2020, by the way.
I wonder how much adoption from those millions of users they would get if they made windows 8.1 free for corporate XP accounts that are late.Microsoft was a quasi-monopoly back in the 1990s, perhaps not a true monopoly but perceived as one. Even in the core business of operating systems on PCs there's decided competition, let alone any other venture of theirs. One can get the full version of Windows 8.x now for what was the upgrade price.