Microsoft to Dump Windows XP in Two Years

April 10th, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Microsoft has kicked off yesterday its so-called “two-year countdown” to the end of Windows XP, its longest-running operating system. The company will cease all support and security updates for Windows XP, as well as its business productivity suite Office 2003, on April 8, 2014.

A representative for Microsoft said that while Windows XP was a great software for its time since its launch in October 2001, “the technology environment has shifted.”

The company also urges its users to update their computer’s operating system to Windows 7 or even purchase newer PCs. And it seems that they are listening as XP has lost nearly 10% market share in the last 12 months.

The spokesperson also recommends not to wait for the next-gen Windows OS, saying getting Windows 7 now can “gain substantial results while laying the foundation for future versions.”

Source: Windows Steam Blog, via Computer World


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