In the most talked about “End of Life” date that I can remember, on April 8, 2014 Microsoft will end its support of Windows XP. That means that there will be no more patches released for XP. Since it is estimated that one in four computers are still running XP there are a lot of machines that will likely not be upgraded in time.
Like most IT people, I liked XP. It was far more stable than most of its predecessors and a lot less annoying than Vista. But all things must pass and now is the time for XP. We moved to Windows 7 several years ago and while I never thought it would happen, I loved Windows 7! It is even more stable and has much better security under the hood. Windows 7 isn’t perfect but the security is far superior to XP.
XP is mature. That means it runs most programs reasonably well, people are comfortable getting around in it, and it is probably running on older equipment that was paid for long ago. Now they are saying you need to upgrade just because they don’t want to continue supporting it. Some might be inclined to call this built-in obsolescence but XP was released in August 2001. That is almost 13 years ago. Certainly the world and technology has changed since then.
To put it in perspective, the first iPhone was released on June 29, 2007. That was nearly 6 years before the iPhone and how many times have you upgraded that in the past 7 years?