Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Microsoft ends Windows XP support

Microsoft: “As of April 8, 2014, support and updates for Windows XP are no longer available.” But it’s hard to think that the date marks the end of an era. As Marco Arment observes, “People just don’t care to upgrade.” XP users gonna use. XP is the best version of Windows I ever used: it was the arrival of Vista that prompted me to switch to OS X when I bought a new laptop in 2007.

I just looked at my blog stats: Windows 7 is in first place, with 31% of visits to this blog. In second place, OS X, with 24.3%. Windows 8.1 and 8 users together account 7.2% of visits. XP users account for 6.1% of visits. Those two percentages say something about Microsoft’s troubles: the thirteen-year-old Windows accounts for almost any many visits as the most recent versions. Other versions of Windows — Vista, 2003, 2000, 98, and NT — account for 2.3% of visits.

8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2003, 2000, 98, NT: do you notice the version of Windows missing from this sequence? Hint: It was later than 98 and earlier than XP.

comments: 2

Anonymous said...

Windows ME

Michael Leddy said...

Yes, ugh. I remember the horrors of System Restore.