Windows 7 is fast while Windows XP heads towards the retirement home – Things I Learned This Week #9

1. Seven copies of Windows 7 are sold every second

Brandon LeBlanc, on the Windows Team blog, said earlier in the week that Windows 7 has sold 150 million licences so far – which makes it is the fastest selling operating system in history with 7 copies of Windows 7 sold every second.

2. The World Cup makes the Internet busier and quieter

Rory Cellan-Jones’ blog reported that there were 800,000 concurrent streams of the England/Slovenia game on Wednesday – as people watched the game over the Internet in the office, at school and at home. Internet traffic spiked by between 55% and 226%.

Meanwhile, between 3pm and 5pm on Wednesday, I did not receive a single email at work. Not one. When normally 150 emails per day arrive in my inbox. What a strange anomaly.

Bonus info: If England had got further you might have found The Angry Technician’s info useful. He had written  clever instructions to stream the World Cup around your school, from a Freeview receiver. Oh well – keep them for next time!

3. Windows XP SP2 is at its End of Life

If you’re still running any Windows XP machines in school which have only been upgraded as far as SP2 (Service Pack 2), you have a fortnight to upgrade it to SP3 – after that time we’ll not be issuing updates or supporting it. I’m guessing that 95% of you have already installed SP3, because it absolutely pays to ensure you have Windows Automatic Updates set up. But perhaps you’ve got a few random machines that need a check. Perhaps the one in D&T that’s controlling a DNC machine? Or an odd one setup for a project and left alone?

Windows XP was first shipped in Autumn 2001 (look at this BBC web page to see how long ago that was, design-wise), so it’s probably not a surprise to see that almost a decade later new applications aren’t being designed to run on it (some of the new Windows Live applications, and Internet Explorer 9, won’t be available on Windows XP). The final End of Life date for Windows XP is Spring 2014, so there’s time to plan an orderly migration to Windows 7.

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