Every 3 to 5 years, Microsoft tries to reinvent the OS wheel more out of a need to create a new profit margin than to advance computer tech. Updates can be seen as a hassle or burden when latest software meant for multimedia consumers isn't easily adaptable to creative industry or business productivity. Vista prolonged the support life of XP. But with the 8 end user shift to touch screens, this left network techies with no ergonomic use for it out in the cold. And to miniaturize the new PC age mostly for social media consumption is to lump all buyers into one market.
However, those who support the planned obsolescent drive to replace tower PCs with mobile smart phones and tablets haven't yet been able to kill the concept of personal home computing along with it. History will show that the best PC software and games came out between the mid 90s and 2007. What's modern may be useful for social media fans but it doesn't necessarily make the grade with every taste demographic. Many private patrons who view their digital pastime as a home experience don't want to be forced online in public for every want and need.
Moreover, when what's new and buggy can't compete with what's been patched and perfected in the past, newbie incompatibility with functional computing makes one cling to the tried and true. No one can say that a present dominated by RPGs and online software apps can match up with past blasts with a lot more choice, variety and privacy. Again, they can force feed us new mini hardware systems but they can't deny the idea that superior software is what consumers long for. If it's lost in the past and missing in the latest, many will not give up their XP loyalty.
For PC fans of productivity and recreation, old operating systems represent a classic PC universe of options. XP may soon be definitive of a bygone age of computing, but are all of us willing to give up a decade's worth of great software and games again just for the right OS to go online? Cyberspace networking is cluttered with too many mobile alternatives to let go of what works for the PC. In a tech world geared mainly to social media apps, what will be left of a Windows that loses market share if its base consumers migrate to other systems? Will it rerun an XP comeback?
What will happen is that in order to prolong its use, users will tweek maximum security settings in order to make up for loss of support which will end in April of 2014. Others will gravitate to smart TV technology and use generic browser connections without the need for an OS. If worst comes to worst, some will keep XP offline for work, fun and games. XP has been around for way too long to throw away fortunes in retro compatibility to appease the social media generation. Windows may be about to finally say goodbye to its number one greatest hit. But the best of PC computing never will.