Well, it was a good run there. Windows XP, released in 2001, was finally put to rest today by Microsoft. While most consumers have moved onto something better, like Windows 7 or 8, many businesses and government organizations are still rocking the old OS. Many employed custom software have been content to sit back on the old OS and not forward port that software. And in theory, you could continue to operate under this pretense – the OS will still run. Microsoft has just stop providing any support or updates. Which will in turn leave new vulnerabilities in the OS unfixed, which means all the those businesses and government organizations will each day become just a little less secure. Some statistics still show than about 13% of US computers are running XP.
On the bright side, people in the web development community are overjoyed by this news. Internet Explorer stopped at version 8 on Windows XP, and if you know anyone in web development, IE8 sucks big time. But, support for it has to continue with IE8 still grabbing about 10% of all web traffic. With this last nail in the XP coffin, IE8 surely will follow suit.
But, no matter what side of the fence you are on, Windows XP will be remembered fondly by many. A rock solid OS, with great performance – kept us going for a good many years. Rest in Peace old friend.