Has it been a decade already? A little more, actually. Two days ago marked the 10-year anniversary of the day Windows XP hit RTM (release to manufacturing) status before graduating to retail on October 25, 2001. Despite the fact that it's a 10-year-old operating system, XP still powers more than half of all Windows PCs around the world.
Microsoft didn't acknowledge the occasion, probably because the Redmond software giant is doing everything it can to encourage XP stalwarts to finally pull the plug on the decade-old OS and invest in Windows 7. Microsoft isn't alone.
"Let's compare the major computer operating systems at the moment. We have Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. We have various Linux distributions. And we have Mac OS X," security firm F-Secure wrote in a blog post. "Of these, obviously Windows XP has the weakest security, by far. And Windows XP has the biggest market share, too... As a result, attackers right now would be stupid to spend their time and money targeting any other operating system...
Do a good deed today. Uninstall an XP."
That's easier said than done. Even when you throw Linux and OS X into the OS equation, Windows XP still accounts for about 42 percent of all PCs, according to StatCounter. The 10-year-old OS was given a new lease on life when the first round of netbooks emerged, with Vista being too heavy at the time and consumers showing little interest in Linux.