In the world of technology gadgets and software normally have short lifespans. Most people are eager to pounce on the new and improved version as soon as it comes out. So, it is a rarity when a piece of technology last past the age 12 years-old but Microsoft's Windows XP is that rare exception.
Sadly, Microsoft announced in a press release that Windows XP will not see its 13th birthday. Even though the sales of the operating system ended in 2008, Microsoft has keep it on life support for over 5 years. That life support is scheduled to be pulled, in a little over a month, on April 8, 2014. In an excert from that press release the people at Microsoft appeal to the one quarter of computer user's that still have the operating system on their computers:
“There’s never been a better time for small businesses to upgrade their technologies to Windows 8.1 and Office 365.That’s because, as of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows XP and Office 2003, and businesses will no longer be able to receive technical support from the company.”
In the late summer of 2001 the young Windows XP operating system was born as the first hybrid of Microsoft's consumer operating system and the more advanced Windows NT (new technology) operating system. The new operating system caught on well with the public and by the age of 5 years-old over 400 million copies the operating systems had been sold.
So, after 12 and a half years we say goodbye Windows XP you had a good and long life in this technical age. You saw the rise of the mobile age, cloud computing and social networking.