Yesterday was a dark day in human history. Yesterday, Windows XP died, by which I mean Microsoft is cutting off support for Windows XP, the operating system we all knew and loved. This means that if you still use Windows XP, you can’t get support or security updates.
This really is a tragedy, because Windows XP, in my opinion, was the best operating system they ever made, and I mainly say this because I didn’t grow up with the older operating systems from way back in the early 90’s. Besides, the death of Windows XP is another sign of the unwelcome tide of change, and I say it’s unwelcome because Microsoft is basically forcing this on us.
When Windows 8 came out, Microsoft acted as though this is the thing we must all move on to, even though it was complete crap on a level that I didn’t think was possible. I was already fine with Windows 7 by the time Windows 8 came out, and so I felt that Microsoft was abusing their reputation as the top dog in PCs. They’re so arrogant, that they feel they can do whatever they want.
Now that Windows XP is dead, Microsoft has the gall to offer Windows 8.1 is the alternative, as though they’ve already forgotten about Windows 7. They’ve also forgotten that even with XP withering away, Windows 7 is still the more popular operating system, so if they killed off Windows XP just to bolster Windows 8, they’ve not failed miserably, but they’re also horribly wrong for even trying.
With Windows 8, I think Microsoft knows that they’ve failed, and are trying to appease us Windows XP/7 users with a new update caters to traditional PCs. They’re only doing this because they know they’ve screwed up. If they really wanted us back, they should make a new Windows OS that is actually like Windows XP, but slightly more refined for today’s PC, and without that goddamned Metro interface.
The death of Windows XP is a fine example of how old ways are better. However, if you still want to use XP, it’s not the end of the world. The support expiration only means that it won’t get system updates or security updates. In theory, all you need to do is get paid anti-virus software and not use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Outlook, and you should be fine.