Windows XP Support
After a long and successful run, Windows XP has been trashed by the manufacturer Microsoft. An outstanding provider of computing experience, it was and still is the most popular Windows OS in use, barring Windows 7. XP was launched in October 2001, and within the first years of its run, garnered upwards of 400 million installations on computers across the world.
The most recent hike in XP’s popularity has affected the sales of Windows 8, the current operating system from Microsoft. While not as bad as Windows Vista, it still has enough shortcomings to alienate a majority of users. Most customers were annoyed by the way, which it ignored the longtime UI template that all Windows operating systems had held to. Targeted for use on mobile phones and tablets, Windows 8 even dispensed with the highly popular Start menu. This wasn’t taken well, and was followed by a widespread return of users to older operating systems like windows 7 and XP.
Windows XP’s appeal was first helped along by the markedly incompetent Vista, its immediate successor in the Windows line. A “bloated” and virus-prone OS, it provided the first reason for XP users to disregard a newer OS. XP reigned supreme for eight years until Vista’s successor, Windows 7, came out in 2009.
Microsoft provided Windows tech support for the OS, over a 12-year period. This is incidentally two years more than the normal lifetime of a Windows operating system, but XP users stubbornly stayed on.
Windows OS Support
With support finally having ended in April, XP still commands a major share in OS use around the world. It is apparently worth the risk of using an unsupported operating system and being easy prey to security threats. Hackers and malware coders can more easily exploit the security loophole when security patches are no longer being issued. This hits organizations the hardest, especially those relying on XP as their software infrastructure.
There are governments, including the UK and Dutch governments, which have taken up Microsoft’s alternate proposition of extended Windows tech support, for millions of dollars. But, users far and wide, still continue to use the unsupported Windows XP, planning to weather it out till Windows 9 is released this fall. It’s admittedly a short time, and assuming they don’t get their systems hacked, a better option than the current Windows 8.
That was a look at the widely favored Windows XP OS, still in the scene despite the End of Support. For more stories on Windows 9, check out the latest posts.
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