Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Windows XP - Best Before 2014

Stephen L. Rose, a Microsoft representative in a blog post announced the end of Windows XP, the most best-selling operating system of their brand (so far).

Yes, that's right. Everything has an end and this end is scheduled for Windows XP on April 8, 2014 (I, as well, am impressed by Microsoft's accuracy in the date). At that day Microsoft will officially stop releasing updates and support for Windows XP and XP users are advised to upgrade to Windows 7 (or Windows 8 possibly).

Rose's exact words were the following: 'Wouldn’t it be great if the glory days lasted forever? But reality is trophies get dusty, records are broken, and what it took to be the best ten years ago, just isn’t enough for today’s standards. Things get better, faster. And eventually, it’s time to move from good enough to something much better' (source here)

Feelings? Well, on the one hand, lets think about it. After XP there was the release of Vista, Windows 7 and the upcoming Windows 8, while Microsoft's attention also falls on the area of tablets and smartphones with Windows 7 phone 'Mango project'. It is logical for them to stop the update and support of Windows XP at some time. On the other hand, Windows XP has been a great success. It it the operating system that I know best, I have installed on my Laptop, I use in the most comfortable for me way, and generally makes my life easier. As a result, it is a Technological update vs emotion fight. Which factor wins? In my opinion it depends on how good Windows 8 wil be.

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