Microsoft, after countless warnings, has at last pulled the plug from the Windows XP. The once most-popular desktop Operating System (OS) in the world that still powers 27 percent of all PCs worldwide.
The OS will no longer be getting security updates and technical support from Microsoft now onwards. Support for Office and Exchange 2003 has also ended.
The 12-year old Windows XP had already seen its mainstream support end five years back. Sales were halted in 2008, while by 2010, machines with the OS were finally taken out of production. Three service packs have been released to date for the OS.
The ceasing of support has left hundreds of thousands of computers out there at great risk. Large number of institutions and offices run XP and not everyone will be upgrading straightaway.
According to estimates, as much as 95 percent of all ATMs in the world still run on this dead platform.
Microsoft will, however, help with the upgrading if a firm has 500+ employees so that’s an encouraging sign.
UK and German authorities have already signed multi-million dollar deals with Microsoft to extend the support of the OS.
Windows XP was the first major operating system released by Microsoft. Due to its immense popularity, it was only in late 2012 that Windows 7 caught up with it in terms of market share, not long after which Windows 8 was released.
However, its continuing popularity can be understood from the simple fact that half of all computers in China still run on the now dead Windows XP.