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Microsoft wants Windows XP to die, but the general public clearly doesn’t. With XP enjoying a 30 percent market share Windows XP Lives, iPhone Catches Fire, Selfie Secures Sitcom [Tech News Digest] Windows XP Lives, iPhone Catches Fire, Selfie Secures Sitcom [Tech News Digest] Windows XP refuses to die, Yahoo's new search options, iPhone catches fire and burns a teenager, indie developers fight back against King's 'Candy' trademark, and ABC TV pilot based solely on selfies. Read More for all versions of Windows, this outdated operating system released in 2001 isn’t going to go away quietly. We assumed the MakeUseOf readership would be geeks determined to look to the future rather than the past, but we were wrong. Because luddites.

We Love You, Windows XP

We asked you, Do You Agree That Windows XP Needs To Die? The majority of people who commented rejected the statement, electing instead to argue why Windows XP should stick around for the time being. The fact is that the 30 percent market share is important, as it means millions of people are still using Windows XP, and are happy to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.

The MakeUseOf readership is made up of (mostly) enlightened, educated, and informed geeks, so when they speak, we listen. On this occasion they have suggested in the strongest terms possible that Microsoft is wrong to end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. Even some of those who use and like Windows Vista 4 Tips to Speed Up Your Windows Vista PC 4 Tips to Speed Up Your Windows Vista PC Read More , Windows 7 Top 5 Most Common Windows 7 Problems and How to Fix Them Top 5 Most Common Windows 7 Problems and How to Fix Them Read More , and/or Windows 8, still feel XP has a future.

It soon becomes clear, while reading through the 100+ comments, that many of those commenting still use Windows XP 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of... Read More on a daily basis. And it still does a perfectly fine job for them despite the world having moved on so much since 2001. No amount of badgering, or even Microsoft’s ending of support, is going to persuade people to move on from XP, especially if they own older hardware.

One of the interesting threads running through the comments suggested Microsoft has erred in releasing brand new operating systems rather than gradually evolving a previous iteration. So, while Microsoft abandoned XP and built Vista virtually from scratch, Apple has concentrated on incrementally improving Mac OS X since 2006. If Microsoft had emulated Apple then XP could still be the basis for the current version of Windows.


Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Jerry, JAD, and Patrick. Comment Of The Week goes to Bill Fleet, who won with this comment Do You Agree That Windows XP Needs to Die? [We Ask You] Do You Agree That Windows XP Needs to Die? [We Ask You] We think Windows XP should be put out to pasture forever. The time has come to let it sail off to Valinor. Read More :

Right now, I have one Win7 box and a number of old WinXP laptops for my kids. The rest of our machines are Macs and iPads. The only thing WinXP really lacks is a current version of IE (It tops out at IE8), but seriously, we use Chrome. Everything else is still up to date, and rock-solid stable, stable, stable, especially on old hardware.
The laptops are ex-business machines from Goodwill. I have over the years acquired a site license for WinXP, so no issues with registration there. New installs are essentially free.
And don’t forget all that lovely 3- to 8-year-old computer hardware for super cheap at Goodwill and other outlets. It’s great for slower applications, media servers (not players), and 10-year-olds doing homework. Pop in a new HD, install XP and off it goes.
Once XP is officially retired by Microsoft, I imagine it will become ‘free’ (unofficially) and live on for decades. New licenses for Win7/8 are very expensive or not simple to find cheaply. Since XP already covered ALL of the basic functions of a modern PC (Business correspondence, Web/Email, Basic Media/Gaming), there’s often no reason to upgrade.
Contrast this with Macs, where one pays through the nose for hardware, but gets the OS and all the major apps for free. (OSX is best-in-class, as are its apps, and if one peels back the pretty interface, there’s a BSD command line underneath it.)
XP won’t go away. It’s too useful.

We chose this comment because it offers a good explanation as to why Windows XP will never die, and adds a personal spin on why this is a good thing. Reading between the lines suggests this is a family that has weaned itself off Windows, with Macs and iPads the computing devices of choice. Which implies Microsoft peaked with Windows XP… sparking another debate for another day.

We Ask You is a weekly column in which you have your say about a particular subject. We ask you a question each week, with the results compiled and compressed into a follow-up article the following week. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.

  1. Sanju
    February 21, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Win XP! Yes, especially for people running older applications and using old hardware Win XP is good. Even in today's youtube and facebook generation, Win XP does a decent job.

  2. Rajan S
    February 20, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Actually, Windows XP degrades the sell of Microsoft's other operating system. it is well know that major share of income depends on it. That's why this strategy is implemented to prevent newbie Windows 8 from threat.

  3. Atlanti
    February 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    I do not care for end of Windows XP, because the time has passed, now is the time of Windows 8

  4. dragonmouth
    February 12, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Because of all the third party fixes and add-ons, XP has become the only Windows version that is immune to NSA snooping, therefore it MUST go. Otherwise M$ has to pay a huge fine for not delivering the promised "audience."

  5. vferg
    February 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I used to agree back during the first 2 times they set dates for its retirement that it still had a use. At this point though I fully believe it served its purpose and better systems have taken its place. XP drags and is so slow in so many areas these days I really wouldnt want to ever go back. The improvements made with 7 and even 8 have greatly improved all aspects of the operating system I cant see why anyone would want to stay with the outdated XP anymore. It took time to get used to 8 for sure and I was not a fan for the first year or so but the more I use it the more comfortable I became with it and to be honest it does everything xp did and more while being extremely robust.

  6. A G B
    February 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    It Took Me Years To Learn How And To Collect Lots Of Tweaks For XP.

    Right Now, I Am In No Mood, Or Need, To Go Back To Kindergarten And Start Acquiring Knowledge On Other OS From Scratch.


  7. Funy Phan
    February 12, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Win XP is very friendly to me and it shoulds be alive longer.

  8. optis
    February 12, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I love Windows XP since it's born. Simplify but effection. Don't let it die and keep patchs!

  9. shishir
    February 12, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Nope i love it. Still it is in use in several institutes.

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