That last Windows XP update was the last one, for real this time
Remember how Microsoft said they were done supporting and updating Windows XP, and then they pushed out an update for Windows XP anyway? Yeah, that's not happening again.
In all fairness, Windows XP is still a relatively widely-used operating system and is also quite old, as far as software is concerned. And Microsoft also gave plenty of warning — years worth — that they were going to end support. They said that customers should just move on, with the popular Windows 7 and Windows 8 as worthy options for any upgrader. Or a new computer.
That said, the update that Microsoft issued for XP two weeks ago was for a critical "0-day" vulnerability in Internet Explorer, a vulnerability that could be traced all the way back to Internet Explorer 6 and still existed in version 11.
But that's it. No more. So says Microsoft:
Unless you're a government agency that'd rather pay millions of dollars for continued XP support instead of upgrading your ancient computers.
But the rest of you are done.
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
(btw anyone who has ever seen the precursor of the touchpad on laptops ? I mean, the rotating ball next to the screen ? I saw a 15-17 years or so old laptop once, with that thingy. It was junk actually, pity i couldn't boot it and operate it)
Windows XP Awesome
Windows Vista Sucked
Windows 7 Awesome
Windows 8 Sucked
Windows 8.1 Awesome
Windows 9 going to suck if the trend happens. love Windows 8.1 Pro so far....thank god boots to desktop mode & turn off metro UI option!.....Start menu not a big deal just save My PC link to task bar!