Windows XP Anniversary: Microsoft Wants to Move On

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Microsoft marked quite a milestone yesterday: The ten year anniversary of Windows XP (The OS was launched in October of 2001).

Today the operating system remains very popular.  Statistics on operating systems available by indicate that when it concerns online use, XP still accounts for around 36% of operating systems while Windows 7 is slightly higher at 42.2%.

While Windows 95 really set the standard for the current Windows revolution, XP really brought the OS into the modern era of the 2000s.

However, there’s one thing Microsoft wants XP users to do: Move on.

The Windows Blog post commemorating the then-upcoming anniversary earlier this month was titled “Celebrate a Decade of Windows XP by Moving to Windows 7.”

In the blog post, Microsoft’s Rich Reynolds stated, “While more than 90 percent of you have said you’re committed to Windows 7 and Office 2010, many of you have many of your PCs still running Windows XP and Office 2003. Moving to Windows 7 and Office 2010 today enables you to embrace the way we work today versus the way we worked 10 years ago.”

Reynolds also gave insight concerning why he considers Windows XP outdated.

While admitting Window XP’s success and greatness for its time, Reynolds focused on how moving to Windows 7 can assist computer users. He stated, “I recently experienced this on a trip back from Dallas to Seattle. I had an urgent project I needed to work on and by using the in-flight WIFI, I was able to securely access a folder on my corporate network, work on my presentation, and collaborate with a colleague of mine who happened to be traveling in India at the time – all from 30,000 feet thanks to DirectAccess in Windows 7 Enterprise, and Lync. There’s no way I could have done this 10 years ago.”

So what factors have played a role with so many people sticking with an OS that’s now ten years old?

Perhaps it’s the fact that Windows Vista (launched in 2007) never really caught on like Microsoft had hoped. People kept XP and while Windows 7 launched with more success, it still remains relatively new for an OS (launched in late 2009).

In 2002, Microsoft rival Apple officially pulled support for the company’s Mac OS 9 operating system by literally giving it a funeral during the company’s WWDC conference. Then-company CEO Steve Jobs humorously gave the OS a eulogy while closing an actual coffin on a box representing the OS Apple wanted to move on from (transitioning to OS X).

Perhaps a more visual indication of the desire to move on could help Microsoft as well.

If Microsoft isn’t seeing people move on as fast as they’d like, there’s surely a factor that will change things: The company plans to pull support for XP following April of 2014.

For more information on the matter, view a post at Microsoft’s Windows Blog: