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Microsoft's Dirty Marketing Trick

Updated on January 10, 2015

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The meeting is called to session at #1 Microsoft Way in Redmond, Washington.

The speaker moves to the front of the room and delivers a speech that bring great applause.

"Ladies and gentleman, we have watched profits slipping. I have developed a plan to garner an overwhelming amount of sales at one time.

We all know there is a huge percentage of our customer base who have not purchased either Windows 7 or Windows 8. It seems we made too good of a product when we developed Windows XP.

The plan is: we are going to cause havoc with those who are still using XP. I am proposing that in 1 week, we announce that in 2 months we will be "dropping" XP from all Microsoft patches. We will make it vulnerable to attack.

Yes, the fact is an attack on XP will probably not be as probable as what we are going to tell them. What we are going to force is a run on purchases of 7 or 8 or even new computer systems.

It is my belief fellow Microsoft employees that we will drive profits up by 1,000% by doing so."

The applause was deafening.

Could It Be?

Doesn't it seem quite odd that so many people are still using this system and Microsoft would stop patching?

XP was released in 2001. Estimates worldwide are that there are 400,000,000 computers still using Windows XP.

This just seems very odd that Microsoft would do this to customers worldwide. How many will stick their tongue out to Microsoft and go by an Apple?

This is the next information I will provide to you.

Your Opinion

Was this move by Microsoft a marketing ploy?

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What You Can Do If You Are Using XP

If you currently are using Windows XP, yes you could be possibly in a security risk. You have several options.

In some cases, you can go ahead and purchase either Windows 7 or Windows 8 and download. Before doing so, I would save all important files on a disk or pen drive. Do keep in mind that some of the software you were using on XP will not be compatible with the newer version.

In some cases, such as the lovely woman setting across from me as I write this (Lastheart), your computer may not support 7 or 8. Too bad!!!

Well, you can buy a new system; but some people do not have the finances to just run out and buy a new system.

Here is a great idea:

keep using your XP for offline work. Download the Linux operating system for working online. It will be a pain in the rear, but it will work, and you won't be helping Microsoft make a gob of profit.

If You Must

If you just must use XP online, it is best to stay away from Internet Explorer browser. It is the most vulnerable browser of all.

The safest browser is Google Chrome. Anyone trying to slip malware through Chrome has to fight a jungle with quicksand ready to catch them. Mozilla Firefox is good too.

The biggest threat with this whole Microsoft ploy is Malware. It is wise if possible to just not use Java. Java is quite vulnerable. It is also recommended to upload Malwarebytes and run it consistently.


Please do not let the buzz frighten you if you have Windows XP.

Keep in mind that many said the whole internet would crash when the year 2000 came. Did it? No!

Fear can force people to do and make rash decisions. It isn't as bad as some are making it out to be.

Lastly, I just have to say:

Shame on You Microsoft. Dirty Marketing Ploys will Come Back and Haunt You.

© 2014 Greg Boudonck


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    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      All my love to you; now I am back to work. Gotta buy an apple. LOL

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      4 years ago

      Ha,ha,ha...bendito! Ok I'll be waiting...the best part is that you wrote it.

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Yes. Lastheart, hang tuff my love. I am going to attempt to earn enough to buy you a new laptop. You need one. I think Apple is calling you.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I am so scared to be online...I feel like the rabbit of Alice in Wonderland...running, running, running...feeling bugs chasing predators! I sure feel like a prey, so vulnerable without protection.

      Actually there are times that I feel somebody else is moving the pointer and I fight with it to get the mouse where I want it...I have to escape and close my browser. Keep that computer clean from online bugs!! Right Froggy?

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thank you MsDora

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      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      I believe that meeting went just as you said--greed motivated. Thank you for the very helpful suggestions you gave.

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      Bruce Chamoff 

      4 years ago from New York

      You got it, Froggy! I just got into Apple 2 years ago and am contemplating my next computer purchase as a Macbook!

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Thanks Bruce. have a great day.

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      Bruce Chamoff 

      4 years ago from New York

      I have one computer with Windows Vista, another with Windows XP and another with 7. They are all fine. I use them online and do not worry too much about Microsoft's exploits.

      Nice try Microsoft!

      Thanks for the info in this hub. Voted up!


    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      No the apple is immune against poison, it is just that their software is more expensive. thanks for visiting.

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      Janey Hood 

      4 years ago from UK

      Thanks for elaborating Greg. I did notice a little screen pop up the other week telling me they were no longer supporting XP from a certain date and wasn't really sure what it meant for me.

      That big round juicy apple is looking more appealing by the day, just hope it also hasn't been poisoned!

    • Froggy213 profile imageAUTHOR

      Greg Boudonck 

      4 years ago from Returned to an Isla Del Sol - Puerto Rico Will Rise Strong

      Your very welcome Bill.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good information, Greg! Thank you for it.


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