Technologies are evolving, the old dies out, the new is adopted, it is natural way of developing pretty much anything. However, sometimes the old technologies occupy a special place in the heart of their users. We think that will be the case with the good old Windows XP.
The news was reported by Tech Republic.
April 9, 2019 became the date when XP finally became a part of computer science history. It happened when the support of the last version of this operating system, Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, was put down. The product line Windows NT 5.1 was also closed as a consequence.
Beginning of the End
Windows XP was the longest survivor of Microsoft. This operating system functioned for 17.5 years. The other versions of the operating system stopped being supported much earlier:
- Windows XP Home и Professional SP3 — April 8, 2014.
- Windows Embedded for Point of Service SP3 – 2016;
- XP Embedded SP3 — 2016;
- Windows Embedded Standard 2009 — January 8, 2019;
Most experts doubt that the record of XP will ever be beaten, however, some of them state that Windows 10 has such a potential, if we consider the fact that it is the last operating system of Microsoft in terms of numeration.
Although, technically Windows XP became outdated back in 2009, the POSReady 2009 version helped the people who still preferred to use it some security updates. This last version was taken down a few days ago, putting a dot in the story of Windows XP.
Surprisingly, despite the fact that XP is pretty obsolete by now, it has security issues, and there are newer, better versions available, many people and even companies still use Windows XP and refuse to upgrade their operating system. Whether it is the warm feeling towards it or the fear of something new, this could mean that the life of Windows XP would be prolonged even more.
Next on the line is Windows 7. It is still supported, but with the new versions of Windows 10, it will soon follow the same path as Windows XP.
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