Windows XP in just two weeks will celebrate its 10-year anniversary. "Windows XP first released to computer manufacturers on August 24, 2001, is the second most popular version of Windows, based on installed user base. The name "XP" is short for "eXPerience." XP was released for retail sale on October 25, 2001."
Ten years ago, Windows XP was a big step forward - working on the PC got easier, faster and more fun. Windows XP offered a new user interface that helped people more easily find what they needed. One of the most notable advances was it democratized digital photography. Windows XP made it easy to get images from digital cameras, manage and print pictures from your PC, with broad support for a range of cameras and photo printers. Wireless also became the given with built-in support; plug and play became the standard. It was a great OS for its time.
On this occassion, Microsoft is remomeding users to move to Windows 7.
"While > 90% have committed to Windows 7 and Office 2010, many of you've still running XP and Office 2003. Moving to Windows 7 and Office 2010 today enables you to embrace the way we work today versus the way we worked 10 years ago," Microsoft stated.
"Furthermore, XP and Office 2003 will no longer be supported after April, 2014 which leaves little time for you to upgrade your PC fleet when accounting for the time it takes to prepare for the migration and complete the deployment," the software giant said.
The Redmond company notes, "Gartner underscores this in their Sep.19, FirstTake titled "Don't Change Your Windows 7 Plans Because of Windows 8" which states: "With support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, we believe it would be dangerous for organizations now running XP to attempt to skip Windows 7 and move directly to Windows 8." Gartner goes on to recommend: "Organizations running Windows XP and working on Windows 7 migrations: Continue as planned; do not switch to Windows 8.""