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 darknexus on Tue 8th Apr 2014 17:28 UTC in reply to "Liked it or not"
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Can't really agree. I found XP a step backward from 2K, at least until SP2 when it stopped crashing. At least then I could get work done. It was still slower than 2K though.

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RE[2]: Liked it or not
by KLU9 on Tue 8th Apr 2014 18:36 in reply to "RE: Liked it or not"
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... if you were one of those people who had Win2K, then maybe so.

But if you were one of the hundreds of millions of ordinary consumers who hadn't used Win2K and had had to put up with Win98, trust me: it felt like a *massive* leap forward.

(Trying to escape Win98 was what brought me to BeOS and hence OSNews, when it still had a BeOS forum.)

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RE[3]: Liked it or not
by umccullough on Tue 8th Apr 2014 19:52 in reply to "RE[2]: Liked it or not"
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Indeed, it was very very difficult for me to migrate from Win2k to WinXP in my work environment.

I avoided it for many years, until I more-or-less had little choice left. With "Classic" mode, WinXP was tolerable for me.

These days I have migrated to Win7 for work and the Windows boxen I have at home... and I don't miss XP at all ;)

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