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Windows XP is still number 2

getty images/Sean Gallup
getty images/Sean Gallup
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Redmond-based Microsoft has a dilemma on their hands. What do you do with a 12 year-old operating system when it remains popular after its time has expired? That is a big qustion that has been bantered around the software giant. Since Windows XP hit the market in 2001 it quickly became a favorite of both the home and commercial user.

When Redmond-based Microsoft made the announcement last month that they were discontinuing the support of their Windows XP operating system. At that time slightly over 27% of PC user were still using the 12 year-old OS. Almost a month since the end of support XP (26.29%) is still on more than twice as many PCs as both Windows 8 (6.36) and 8.1 (5.88%) combined.

In the commercial arena the lack of support for Windows XP can affect on monetary funds give that it is used on 95% of the ATMs that most of use on a daily basis. Banks and credit unions are working to update their ATMs but in the mean time there is still the possibility that this could make our money vulnerable.

"This isn't a Y2K thing, where we're expecting the financial system to shut down. But it's fairly serious," said Kurtis Johnson, an ATM expert with U.S. manufacturer Triton.

Some of the solutions that have been suggested are that the Redmond-based giant should either reinstate support or make the code available to the open source community and let them take over. Would either of these be an ideal solution since even though Window XP was slated to be retired years ago individuals and businesses alike have been slow to change. Also if Microsoft does go with the open source road how long would that really be the best solution or just prolong?