Goodbye XP—Enjoy Being a Zombie
In case anyone hasn't heard, Windows XP was officially "put to death" by Microsoft on April 8th, though by some estimates there are still half a
billion people using it.
This is an opinion article by a regular contributor to PC Magazine by John Dvorak, a man whose opinion I often though not always share.
In the case of XP, I happen to agree with his thoughts that it was probably the pinnacle OS (operating system) for desktop productivity that Microsoft
ever made. He's obviously not getting paid by MS because of the less than kind things he says about their more recent operating systems, but I think
he has a point, especially if you are interested in desktop productivity applications. Maybe for home entertainment some of the newer OSes have some
Here are a few excerpts from his comments but especially if you're one of the
27% still using XP
, you may want to read the whole
Microsoft had to rush out Windows 7 in 2009 ahead of schedule to cover up the image of Vista. Windows 7 backed off on many of the fanciful
characteristics of Vista, which calmed down the complainers. Windows 7 was no better than Vista; in fact, I think it is worse. But no matter because
three years later we ended up with Windows 8, a real fiasco for the desktop users.
Meanwhile, there are those aforementioned one-half billion users still running Windows XP and Microsoft is clueless has to why this is.
So yesterday, Microsoft pulled the plug on XP. No more fixes, upgrades, or anything else. No patch Tuesday. No re-installs (from what I can
I'm still using XP but I don't think the risk has increased dramatically in the 2 days since they stopped supporting it, but eventually I
think it will become more risky, and I'll switch to something else. I doubt it will be another Microsoft OS since the alternatives available seem to
be inferior (I've installed them, tried them, and went back to XP).
To balance out the negativity of that opinion on the more recent Microsoft operating systems, here is another article from the same magazine which is
more encouraging about them:
Why You Should Ditch Windows XP Now
One thing I found interesting in that article is extended support for some related software through July 2015:
Are there any exceptions? Amidst some backlash, Microsoft in February officially extended Microsoft Security Essentials updates for Windows XP
users through July 2015. "For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint
Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP," Microsoft said. "For consumers, this applies to Microsoft Security Essentials." Still, Redmond
cautioned that anti-malware solutions on outdated operating systems are limited. Some anti-virus providers will extend support for XP users, but not
So apparently Microsoft recognizes that not everybody stopped using XP on April 8, 2014 and are providing some limited support not for the
operating system, but for anti-malware software to use with it.
I'm sure I'll be using something else long before July 2015, and if you're still using XP, you may want to strive for that also, unless your PC usage
is so non-critical that you feel nothing bad could happen if malware or hackers took over your PC.
Any ATSers besides me still using XP? If so, what are your plans? How long do you plan to keep using it? If you plan to change operating systems, to
edit on 10-4-2014 by Arbitrageur because: clarification