"The Reg’s integrator source told us: “Microsoft is keen to help pay them [customers] to move. They want shot of it – they are committed to getting Microsoft customers off an unsupported version of Windows. They don’t want to support it.”"
That is well fully understood. Who would want to support it ? Costs arms and legs ...
- They don't have to. Ever. They stated years ago when they'd stop doing anything on 2003. They just DON'T have to support it. In other words, the ressource burden is something of the past.
- Why on earth, given what is above, would they pay transformation fees ? There has to be, as some other commentards have already stated, some other reason (crap W10, fear of migration to other platforms ?)
MS is totally insecure, here.