Microsoft Damned If They Do, Damned If They Don’t Continue Support For Windows XP

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In four months' time, Microsoft is set to cease all support for Windows XP, an OS it released on October 25, 2001. At that time, Intel's Pentium III was the hottest processor series on the planet, and NVIDIA's GeForce 2 Ti had been released just weeks earlier. The biggest hard drive at the time? A premium-priced 80GB. To call Windows XP "old-school" seems appropriate.

Still, despite the OS being a relative dinosaur in OS years, much of the market still sticks with it. Earlier this month, we relayed some OS usage stats from Net Applications' latest update. There, we found that Windows 8.1 has been gaining in the charts, while at the same time, XP continues to demand over 30%. That's quite significant; there have been three major Windows releases since XP.

At this point, Microsoft is in a sticky situation, one where no matter which route it takes going forward, it's going to face a bit of backlash. If it ends up extending the EOL support for Windows XP, then those who felt convinced to upgrade will be upset when they realize they didn't actually have to (at this point in time). Countering that, if Microsoft does in fact cease support, then it's effectively leaving a major chunk of its userbase insecure, where future discovered vulnerabilities for the OS would remain unpatched.

Of course, it's not so much home users that are clinging to Windows XP, but businesses. As is common, businesses don't upgrade often, because when they do, it can result in a lot of retraining and upgrades to other software. It's obvious, then, why many businesses want to hold off for as long as possible, because upgrading = $$$.

Still, there's something to be said about the fact that the OS is a staggering 12 years old. Shouldn't that be enough for consumers to accept? No one paid for infinite support, after all, and Microsoft has already extended the EOL deadline by 2 years, which many have considered pretty lenient. Still, with so many hanging onto XP for dear life, we can't help but wonder if Microsoft will change its stance at some point within the next four months.

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Seriously, give up the ghost already. XP Is a dead fish.

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XP support legacy equipment what do you do buy new equipment or stick with XP

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I wouldn't mind some of the visual styles of Windows XP in a new version but the architecture and basic make up of Windows XP is outdated

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I'd say Damned if they don't. this OS needs to be depreciated.

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Just upgraded 20 machines to 7 Pro at my work. This was not only a software upgrade but machines also since very few of our old machines would run 7. It was worth it cause these new machines are much more efficient than the old ones and the staff is much happier.

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Let it die. Just spent the last year and a half updating 700+ computers to win 7 at the company I work for. Time to move on. Onward and upward

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Windows 7 will love forever to, vista and 8 not so much

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All Microsoft has to do is quit trying so hard to make the OS's easier to use...The reason XP is still so popular is because it still has some old school principles, its not all locked down, and still works! If Microsoft wants people to go to an OS just simply offer a version that has no restrictions and advance user friendly. (No advanced user wants to have there start menu made of Blocks)

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realneil replied on Thu, Dec 19 2013 8:21 PM

I gave up XP for Win-7, and now I'm good for the next twelve years.

Can't wait for Win-15!!

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SNeese replied on Thu, Dec 19 2013 8:25 PM

My friends use XP and love it. I did too. The only reason I have 8 is because I wanted a new computer and was too lazy to build it myself.

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sadly, it's quite mostly the opposite that has been keeping it going. ;)

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Century22 replied on Thu, Dec 19 2013 8:42 PM

It's not just the expense of updating operating systems for many businesses they would have to upgrade hardware.

That means for most buying a whole new computer, adding hundreds more dollars in costs to each machine.

Many business machines simply do not need more processing power. They are not number crunching machines. They are set up to do simple tasks, running only one program, or a set few.

All that this type of computer needs is to keep it secure, and that means those vulnerability updates.

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At this rate, Windows 7 will be discontinued way before Windows XP

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basroil3 replied on Thu, Dec 19 2013 10:17 PM

What the hell are you talking about? XP is very difficult to customize without resorting to registry hacking, and group policy on it is horribly limited compared to new versions.

 

And "start menu made of blocks"? No advanced user wants a start menu period. Anyone who is worth their weight uses start search or charms search to grab programs and settings, even Vista was faster than XP because the start menu was legacy garbage that doesn't belong in an indexed system.

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CWilson2 replied on Thu, Dec 19 2013 10:31 PM

End all support for Windows XP and offer no further licensing for any XP based software. Kill it dead and stop poking it with a stick. To hell with market share...force those lazy and delusional people to upgrade. Either upgrade or stop using your computer. Those are the choices that should be offered.

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I liked XP. Vista was even okay to me. 7 is simply the best. I had the media edition of xp and it was a pain to install. had to install the CD's in a certain order, and i only found the correct way by researching it online. lol.

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