Today Is April 8th 2014 – The Day That Windows XP Died

There are those who are negligent. There are those who tried to think Microsoft would never let this happen (some would say these deniers are also negligent). Today is the day that we finally reach the end of support for Windows XP.

Think about it; Windows XP was released in 2001. That is 13 years ago! How computers and usage has changed since then. Battery life wasn’t an issue. Attacks on security were different. Touch was a thing you did with a loved one (I hope that’s not your phone!). Roaming was when your phone bill rocketed (OK, that hasn’t changed much).

And Windows XP was also greeted with much derision. People were going to cling to Windows NT 4.0 with their cold dead hands. XP was even called “Windows Telly Tubbies” (after the default wallpaper) and “Windows Fischer Price” (FP instead of XP). Admins hated that things had move around. “Oh! imagine the amount of user training that will be required”. Sound familiar? It took the eventual end of support for NT 4.0 to force people to upgrade, eventually to Windows XP. And in the end, the world kept turning, the earth didn’t swallow us whole, and businesses kept ticking along. Hell, I did a project in 2003 where we blasted away Windows NT 4.0 & Office 97 with Windows XP & Office XP (before Office 2003 was out) and we did very little in the way of user training.

So, bye bye Windows XP … except for you laggards who are clinging to this now dead OS in your career graves.

And no, I don’t care to hear sob stories about “I must use XP”.

And while we’re at it, we’re also bye bye also to a range of other products:

  • Office 2003, and all the sub-components
  • Content Management Server 2002
  • Exchange Server 2003
  • InterConnect 2004 Standard (no idea what it is!)
  • InfoPath 2003
  • FrontPage 2003
  • Project Server 2003
  • SharePoint Portal Server 2003
  • Virtual PC 2004
  • Visio 2003
  • Windows Services for UNIX 3.5
  • And yeah, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. Yah suckahs … tell me that Apple invented the tablet!!! Jean Luc Picard was getting all touchy feely long before Apple copied the tablet concept (admittedly making is actually useful).

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