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A year from now will mark the final milestone for Windows XP, the end of support for the operating system by Microsoft Corp. The longest-living OS from Microsoft will finally become obsolete exactly a year from now. Meanwhile, over one third of desktops and notebooks still use Windows XP operating system, according to trackers.

Starting April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide support for Windows XP users. This means that customers and partners will no longer receive security updates to the operating system or be able to leverage tech support from Microsoft after this time.

Moving away from Windows XP to a more modern platform in Windows 7 and Windows 8 will ready the companies’ IT infrastructure for future technology solutions and growth of businesses.

Windows 8 is the modern OS for modern businesses, building on Windows 7 fundamentals like speed, reliability and security, while creating a modern platform designed for a new generation of hardware options. With an ever-increasing lineup of devices, from notebooks, tablets, desktops, touch or type, there is now more choice than ever before with a device to fit the specific needs and unique scenarios of businesses of any size, Microsoft said.

The figures recently revealed by Net Applications, which track operating systems used to browse the Internet, show that Microsoft Windows XP was installed on 38.73% of devices used to browse the Internet in March, 2013.

The popularity of Microsoft Windows XP ten years after its release show how perfect and sophisticated the operating system, which was launched in 2001, was and still is. A decade long lifecycle on the market where technologies get completely outdated in three to five years and an optimal lifespan of a PC is about three to four years is simply extraordinary.

Partly, the continuously high adoption of Windows XP means that many end-users do not see benefits in modern operating systems and devices on their base compared to their PCs that can now be many years old. The trend is particularly alarming for Microsoft and computer manufacturers as they may see erosion of their revenues and profits as a consequence of stagnation of the PC market.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows 8, Windows RT

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Microsoft doesn't know what else to do but piss off costumers., but is sure trying to kill the PC world wide.
This is what happens when management is not renewed and becomes arrogant with age and Hubris. Win vista started the slide temporary halt in PC sales with Win 7 now complete departure of customers with Win 8 and Office.
1 0 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 04/10/13 04:30:05 PM]
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I'm still using windows XP at work, and there are some programs that we run who don't run on Vista, 7 or 8...
1 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 04/11/13 03:47:47 AM]
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Same here
1 0 [Posted by: Atlastiamhere  | Date: 04/11/13 05:27:39 AM]
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How about MS instead quit selling Windows 8 and wasting resources on it? It has less than 1/10th the user share and is overall a mostly useless attempt at "bling" and being trendy, for PCs.
Unlike Win XP which, as noted above is VERY much needed, especially for running software that MS has made it impossible to use on later OS.
1 0 [Posted by: DIREWOLF75  | Date: 04/11/13 05:39:52 AM]
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I AGREE with all the previous comments. Why are you doing this?
Killing something off that is so obviously wanted by so many.
I will consider going to MAC if and when you make it impossible for me to use my XP system. I am a savy senior and together I'll bet, we could make some changes at Microsoft headquarters. Don't kill off Windows XP OS
0 0 [Posted by: Carole Currie  | Date: 10/01/13 07:12:07 PM]
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