Windows XP

Microsoft is warning that in just one year on April 8, 2014, that it will stop delivering security updates for Windows XP, ending support for the operating system which is still one of the most popular and widely used in the world. Microsoft on several of it’s blog posted about Window XP’s end date urging businesses to upgrade before time runs out.

“You should take action to move off of Windows XP,” Microsoft said Monday. “After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.”

netmarketshareMost Windows XP support for regular consumers ended in 2009, although security updates have continue to roll in since then.

Windows XP debuted nearly 12 years ago and there has been three major iterations of Windows since then however Windows XP continues to be widely used. Worldwide, XP is second only to Windows 7 in terms of usage with 38.73 percent of the worldwide operating system market share, according to metrics firm NetMarketShare. Windows 7 claims 44.73 percent, while Vista and Windows 8 combined account for just over 8 percent of worldwide usage.

Windows XP’s staying power can be traced to several factors such as Microsoft’s struggles with Windows Vista and other concerns such as the business world’s reluctance to upgrade due to custom software and applicates that only runs on XP and the prohibitive hardware and software costs of migrating to a new OS. (Stealth Computer) will continue to offer Windows XP Pro(via downgrade) on all our computer systems as well newer versions of Windows 7 & Windows 8.