Microsoft wants nothing more to do with Windows XP, unless you’re willing to pay for the privilege of Custom Support. XP is still an option, but with Microsoft abandoning the past-its-sell-by-date operating system, most sensible people are looking for alternatives. Most have just one option in mind.
Linux Breaks Microsoft’s Windows
We asked you, Microsoft Has Killed Windows XP… Now What? This question was, rather self-explanatorily, asked as a result of Microsoft ending official support for Windows XP for the vast majority of users. Some bigger organizations, such as the IRS, have paid out for Custom Support, gifting them critical updates for an extra year.
Of course, even without official support from Microsoft, Windows XP is still an option and will likely continue running millions of computers for many years to come. A fair portion of the people who responded suggested that’s exactly what they’re going to do. But like it or not, these people are gambling they’ll be safe despite using an unsupported OS to venture online.
The majority of people who commented are switching from Windows XP to Linux, with old hardware being given a new lease of life thanks to a fresh install of one of the best Linux distros mentioned. Those who are buying new hardware rather than trying to continue on with old hardware are upgrading to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Though this is often done begrudgingly.
Interestingly, only one person mentioned Apple or Mac OS X throughout this whole discussion. Which means that anger at Microsoft over its decision to kill XP hasn’t boiled over to the point that people have declared it’s time to turn away from Windows and join the other, somewhat darker, side. A small, but significant, victory for Microsoft, perhaps.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Dmitriy T, Bill Fleet, and Archit S. Comment Of The Week goes to Ed, who won with this comment:
Every OS sees an end-of-life sooner or later.
It’s time to let XP go. Some companies or individuals will take longer than others due to finances or software requirements, but eventually most will switch in the next couple of years. I’m sure you’ll still find the occasional XP machine sitting in some back room, running some piece of software that refuses to work on more current OS’s. These machines will probably have long since been disconnected from the internet and will continue to function, malware free, for many more years.
In time, we’ll have distant memories of XP and Windows 12 will be the norm. Someone will walk past that ancient XP machine still chugging along in some dimly lit room and ask if it’s locked up because touching the screen yields no response. No matter how hard they press on the screen, or swipe in any direction, there is no response. No matter how loud they speak to it, no matter how often they say “OK, Google”, still no response. They’ll shrug their shoulders, walk away, and close the door behind them as they wonder why that monitor is so thick and heavy.
We chose this comment because it paints a vivid picture of a distant future when Windows 12 is in the ascendancy. It also contains a truthful opening sentence, and the subtle suggestion that while we’re all so focused on Windows XP the world keeps on turning, and technology keeps on improving.
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