Windows XP Support Officially Ends Today

Windows XPToday is the day that many users have been dreading; April 8, 2014, is the day that the support for arguably Microsoft’s most beloved operating system ends. The end of support means that users will still be able to use XP, however, the crucial Windows Updates, security patches and more will cease to exist. It has been a long run for XP though. It was released on October 25, 2001 and has had almost a full 13 years of support which is insane to think about in our rapidly evolving technology space, especially considering how Vista, 7, and 8/8.1 has been released since then. In fact, the amount of users that use XP still vastly outnumber all other non-Windows operating systems combined by a wide margin.

 

PC Marketshare Chart

Pc Market share Table

Statistics from Net Applications

 

As you can see the user base that XP has is still very strong and it will be interesting to see where most of those users go when they choose to migrate over to something more recent. Microsoft has been making great efforts to improve the Windows 8 platform for users with the traditional keyboard and mouse set up. If not, Windows 7 is still a great option which still owns nearly half of the PC market.