Christopher Lentz | March 25, 2014 01:17 PM
Microsoft is so insistent on getting users to switch away from Windows XP that they are currently offering $100 off PCs with the new Windows 8.1 operating system from their website. The reason for this push is the end of life for the very popular and widespread Windows XP operating system.
XP has lasted this long because of the very wide use of it in many corporate and financial institutions around the globe. It's such a craze that some companies have even considered keeping it around regardless of its expiring lifetime. However, Microsoft warns that the once popular system is now thwart with vulnerabilities which soon will have no support or updates.
Windows 8.1 is a HUGE jump for most XP users mostly because the GUI (graphical user interface) has gone through two itterations since XP's inception. However, I find that the Windows 8.1 interface is smooth and easy to work with once you know the basics. It also gives you more screen real estate when using apps, so it has my vote hands down. Also, users that have touch screens can expand the capabilities further with swipe and other motions.
Whether you like it or not Windows XP is dead, or going to be very shortly. If the switch to Windows 8.1 is too much for you, try its older brother Windows 7 which will be supported until roughly 2020. Either way, it is time to say goodbye to our long-time friend XP. Give us a call and we can work with you to bring your systems up to date with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1.