XP Still Works (And Will Continue To Do So Even Without MS Support)
Our office work stations will finally shutdown the decade long service of the Windows XP Operating System on April 8, 2014.
On this day, Microsoft will end its support of what is still one of the most popular desktop computer systems in the world. And while I sit here in front of my desk awaiting the tech guy who supposedly would upgrade my work station today to the cheapest Windows at the moment, Windows 7, my mind is wondering about the two “old” computers I have at home which incidentally are still running XP.
Twiddling my thumbs I have decided on permanently disconnecting them from the internet as soon as I can. Why? Because I’m pretty sure some savvy hacker out there will eventually find an easy way to sneak into any unsuspecting XP computer still using the web indiscriminately or without the necessary protection (such as myself sometimes).
Anyway to Microsoft Windows eXPerience, I might have to say adieu, so long, farewell but your long recital has formally come to an end.
Reminiscing The Windows OS Through the Years
Looking back, I could still remember my MS-DOS (and PC DOS) days of the 1980s. Yes, I was already in long pants back then and typing away until the early morning hours on the many PC XTs I have owned. I said typed as the computer mouse was still not in general use at that time.
And yes, I still remember the first Windows Operating Systems; Windows 1 point something. Those were the days when the Clipboard, Paint, Write and Notepad were enough to make my day. And let us not forget Digger, Dig Dug and all the other PC video games which helped take our minds off our daily workload.
Of course Windows 3.x of the 1990s came and then the successful launch of Windows 95 featuring the very first Start Button. Behind the scenes, Win 95 was the first Microsoft OS that didn’t boot from DOS, and it was real 32-bit computing. It also introduced Plug-and-Play, so yes, those were the days.
Eventually, Windows 98 came out and became the new OS darling. It came with Internet Explorer and with it, legions of people started to surf the internet.
I skipped Windows 2000 (and ME) and went straight to Windows XP in 2001. Y2K was the talk of the town at that time. I also avoided Vista, of course.
I have a laptop which runs Windows 7 plus a host of tablets and smartphones but I still can’t seem to give up on my old reliable XP and the old machines that still run it.
But for the sake of a better sleep, less worry and pain and suffering, please retire your XPs if you still have them running somewhere, especially if you are going to use those to surf the web.
Note: According to Net Applications, a Market Research/Web Analytics company based in Aliso Viejo California; as of February 2014, Windows XP still has about 30% share of the Desktop OS market second only to Windows 7 which has about 47% share.