Windows XP, the old OS developed by Microsoft Corporation, achieved what no other OS from near about any software company has ever achieved. The OS was popular for over a decade and it is still one of the most used Operating Systems in the world. Microsoft had announced many months back that the operating system software has been removed from the list of supported products by the software maker.
Microsoft has ended the illustrious journey of Windows XP. We are talking about the end of support. Every software has to go through a life cycle. There are various support phases and ultimately, the end of support when the software is virtually dead. End of support for Windows XP means, all the Windows tech support, Windows features support, security packages and everything provided by the software maker has been stopped. Windows XP is totally unsupported by the software maker.
This is actually long overdue. The software maker had been waiting to stop the support for the OS for a long time now. Due to pressure from users across the globe, Microsoft had to postpone the end of support date several times. Windows XP lived for thirteen long years after its launch, which is the longest any software has survived ever.
Windows XP is still the second most popular operating system. This is not good as far as Microsoft is concerned. The software producer wants more users to move on to newer Operating Systems such as Windows 8 and windows 8.1. Many Windows users still sticking to Windows XP means the company is losing so many customers that could have been potentially using Windows 8 /8.1.
Windows 7 is the most favorite choice of most users, who are willing to move on to any new OS from Windows XP. Actually, though it is not a bad idea, Microsoft has recently informed the users about the end of mainstream OS support for Windows 7. End of mainstream support for Windows 7 will happen January next year. This means Windows 7 users will not be able use all those free features such as Windows tech support provided by the software giant.
Even though end of mainstream OS support is near for Windows 7, there is no need to panic, as the security features will still be available. You can even subscribe for some of the features that will not be available when the mainstream support ends.