After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates for Windows XP SP3.
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Use XP SP3 at work because I have to. Use Win 7 SP1 Home Premium at home, and its great. Does everything I need it to. Can't see any reason to go to to Win 8....
I love XP Please lets keep it, as said before why oh! why do you always want to change everything.
Dear Microsoft, XP, you are planning to ditch us in 2014, just when we need you the most.
Remember we are the ones who were the early adopters of your system, the ones who brought up their children to use you.
If you can do this to us, your most faithful customers, what sort of a message are you sending to your Windows 8 users.
We will be in our dotage, retired without a large income, left to swim in a shark infested sea with no land in sight.
Please note all the other voices on this blog and listen to the silent majority we don't want to change now. iw
Windows XP is the best windows until today, don't stop supporting it !
Why do fix something that is already working to everyones satisfation?
XP has treated me great.
Leave it alone.
I agree with those who say that Windows 8 has a lousy interface. It is confusing and makes it difficult to perform actions that were easy in Windows XP. One can hope that Microsoft will fix some of the problems with an update, but Microsoft hasn't been able to "turn on a dime" for many years.
As for upgrading to Windows 7 or 8, I'm sure a lot of machines won't be able to support the memory and storage requirements
Whether any one likes it or not, XP is history. It has been for some time. Any comments about malice or greed are completely ludicrous. Microsoft had to move beyond XP or be left behind. If they didn't, everyone would complain about that. And expecting them to continue to create security updates for XP is akin to expecting Ford to provide anti-lock brakes and air bags for a ’65 Galaxie. I think Microsoft did a good job of supporting XP for a long time past its day. Vista came out in 2007, Windows 7 in late 2009 and now Windows 8. I used XP for ages. It was a good OS. But Windows 7 is better. It’s stable, more capable and shouldn’t require tremendously more resources than XP typically does.
I don't think 8 will be successful until (if?) touch capabilities become mainstream on the desktop. But remember, everyone questioned why we needed color monitors when they first came out. Can you imagine using monochrome monitors today?
I love XP, Windows 7 & 8 .....NO! Please don't stop support!
I have been using XP since it's inseption. Why end support now with so many pc's using the system? I am sure microsoft has the finances to continue updating and supporting XP. This is the smoothest and easiest system compared to later programs....that many have said are more trouble than they are worth. I will not upgrade to windows 7 or 8. I would sooner switch to a Mac.....for a trouble free computing experiance. Please don't end support....listen to your customers!!!
As a Windows XP user and a stockholder I am very disappointed how Steve Balmer is running(ruining) this company. You should keep XP and get rid of Balmer!
I wonder if the XP Virtual machine in Windows 7 will continue to be supported?
Long live XP and continued support! I've been using it for 15 years and would like to continue. I wish no ill but continued service packs and antivirus support! I recognize the need for new products and the expense for upgrades/systems. XP is great and have no desire to move forward with other systems.
Here is a challenge to Microsoft Offer their MVP's funds to produce a replacement for XP that will match the specifications of XP in the Memory and Processors of XP machines
XP does what I need. Wife has 7 and it might be all right I suppose but simple tasks in XP are a nightmare in 7 far as I'm concerned. I'll either check out this Linux that's been mentioned or maybe spring for Mac. I'm real tired of new systems doing something in another manner or renaming the same function and sticking where it takes a couple years to find. Might be fine for the geeks but I've got better things to do with my time.
Gates, is out of the picture... but how dare they drop support for one of the best OS ever!.. They just need to "tweak it", not this nonsence like 7 and 8 (which is garbage).
Perhaps, we, need Uncle Bill, indeed...? They've lost their way, and billions of dollars, and millions of customers since he left!
The phrase, don't mess with it, if it works... comes to mind... I think that comes from the 1930's-40's.... But then, I'm old at 50!