John from Hamilton, IL writes:
Is there any possibility someone other than Microsoft might save the program if Microsoft doesn’t see the value of it?
The one-word answer to that question would be “no.” But let me explain, Microsoft owns all the rights to XP and it’s not really that they don’t see the value of it, they just feel that after more than a decade it’s time to move on. There have been three new operating systems since XP was introduced (Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.) XP isn’t compatible with a lot of new software and there are security issues.
Tim Rains from Microsoft pointed out in a recent blog post, “The security mitigations that Windows XP Service Pack 3 has, they were state of the art when they were developed many years ago. But we can see from data published in the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report that the security mitigations built into Windows XP are no longer sufficient to blunt many of the modern day attacks we currently see. The data we have on malware infection rates for Windows operating systems indicates that the infection rate for Windows XP is significantly higher than those for modern day operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8.”
It’s hard for a 12-year-old operating system to keep up with current security threats. Just in the way that manufacturers stop making parts for appliances and automobiles after a period of time, Microsoft would rather concentrate their efforts towards the future focusing on devices like tablets and services like SkyDrive.
If you have an XP machine, it is time to start planning your migration to a new operating system.