Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Apr 2014 15:38 UTC

It's finally here. After 12 years, 6 months, and 12 days on the market, Windows XP has hit its end of life. It will receive its last ever set of patches on Windows Update today, and for the most part, that will be that. Any flaws discovered from now on - and it's inevitable that some will be discovered - will never be publicly patched.

How bad is this going to be? It's probably going to be pretty bad. By some measures, about 28 percent of the Web-using public is still using Windows XP, and these systems are going to be ripe for exploitation.

I never liked Windows XP (I used BeOS during XP's early days, and Mac OS X and Linux during XP's later days), so I'm glad to see it go. This terrible operating system should have died out years ago.

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RE: Liked it or not
by BlueofRainbow on Tue 8th Apr 2014 17:11 UTC in reply to "Liked it or not"
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It was a great step forward from Windows 98SE/ME and a smaller one from Windows 2000.

A likely cause of its lasting power has been the Windows Vista disaster. By the time Windows 7 came out, the damage had been done.

And the jury is still pretty much undecided with respect to Windows 8/8.1. Many opinions - however no convincing arguments for shifting user habits from keyboard+mouse/touchpad user I/O to touch. The breakthrough/novel app for Windows 8.x does not appear to have been written yet.

I concur with Tom that BeOS was a promising alternative at the time Windows XP came out. However, Be Inc. shifted (10 years too early?) to a web-based concept and essentially marooned the desktop users on a lost island in the middle of the ocean.

Also, when 95% of the corporate world one is interfacing with/working for is Windows/Office - is there really a choice?

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