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Analysts have mixed emotions in bidding farewell to Windows XP

Derek Brink and Jim Rapoza | April 21, 2014
Microsoft's end-of-support deadline for Windows XP last week came with mixed emotions. After 13 years of XP use on desktops worldwide, saying goodbye to the most dominating operating systems of its time begs a question: Should we continue to use and turn a blind eye to our beloved XP, saving the real innovation for the tablets and smartphones we increasingly rely on?

Just don't make the decision based on happy talk about still being able to browse and do email.

If we want to eulogize Windows XP, we should remember that 9/11 was less than a month after Windows XP was launched, and just four months later Bill Gates wrote a memo to all Microsoft employees which gave priority to trustworthy computing. This, in turn, led to their commitment to the security development lifecycle — which over the last decade has helped to transform Microsoft from kind of a standing joke in security to a principled industry leader in terms of security, privacy and transparency.

And which has helped to make Windows 8 systems 6.5-times less likely to become infected by malware than Windows XP & and unlike Windows XP, Windows 8 will continue to improve over time.

Let's thank thank Windows XP for its service, but it's time for most of us to move on.

 

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