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: Comment by gan17
by oiaohm on Tue 8th Apr 2014 23:47 UTC in reply to "Comment by gan17"
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Didn't the Dutch and British recently pay MS to keep XP supported under some special program or something? I reckon many other governments might be doing the same.

Not special. We just crossed end life. There is a final stage called end of license that is December 31, 2016-January 30, 2017 for XP.

After End of license you cannot license the OS for embedded usage and support. So about 20 months left until complete death. So the true XP death clock starts now. The Dutch and the British as far as I know have paid out for the last 20 months in some sections.

NT 4.0 goes end of license this year.

I am really interested to see what happens at end of license with the XP product activation.

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