April 21, 2014

Farewell, Windows XP.....



It happened not long ago, but Microsoft has ended its support for one of their operating systems, Windows XP. 

Microsoft has had their share of flubs over the years. My own experience consists of Windows 3.1, DOS, (is that made my Microsoft? I'll be sure to check when I'm less busy), Windows 95, Windows 95, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. Also, I've used Vista, 7 and a little bit of 8. It was Windows XP that I've used the longest, however. 

It launched way back in the fall of 2001, and built upon and enhanced (in my mind) upon the structure that Microsoft had been building since Windows 95, and were finally able to perfect at that point with technology and resources. 

It used the familiar appearance and engine that began with Windows 95, but upgraded and enhanced it. It went on to further enhancements through Windows Vista, and Windows 7. Windows 8 uses an app based approach. 

XP also launched with Home and Professional editions. Professional allowing more control and access into the O/S itself, whereas the Home was more basic and ideal for everyday use. One would use Home for 'leisure' and Professional at work, or over a network. 

Later, 64-bit editions also followed, as well as two service packs. 

Windows XP was Microsoft's operating system at lasted the longest and still was popular. It's only limitations were the fact that the operating system could do so much as hardware got more and more advanced. With the flop of Windows Vista, all the bugs etc, people either kept Windows XP, or 'downgraded' because XP was more stable. When Windows 7, the completed version of Windows Vista launched, there were a few bumps here and there but ultimately it became XP's successor and XP began to die out. 

And now, as of April 2014, support for XP has ended. 

I've used XP since it came out on a few PCs of mine. Hell, it's still on my current PC but this year I will update it and with it, the operating system among everything else. 

Farewell Windows, XP. Thank you 13 years of memories.

"Good times, Bad times, You know I've had them all" - Led Zeppelin.

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