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[2]: Liked it or not
by zima on Sat 12th Apr 2014 22:51 UTC in reply to "RE: Liked it or not"
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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.

And on the other hand BeOS was too late ...IMHO it might have had a fighting chance if it came before Win98. But Be initially self-exiled itself into niche hardware category :/ (first with BeBox, then Macintoshes, and coming to x86 PCs only after some years)

Edited 2014-04-12 22:55 UTC

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