Brian R. Fitzgerald for The Wall Street Journal:
Twelve years after the debut of Windows XP, Microsoft says it is time to move on. Many people haven’t. […] Nearly three in 10 computers were still running XP as of March, according to data from Net Applications that was charted by Statista.
I wonder how much money Microsoft will save by no longer offering user support and software updates for Windows XP. It must a tidy sum to compensate for the loss of goodwill the company will suffer when almost a third of the worlds internet users lose their computers to viruses, worms and spyware. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.
I’m guessing that it won’t make them more enthusiastic to upgrade to Windows 8, which currently accounts for 11.3 percent of internet usage according to WSJs statistics. That’s about a third of Windows XPs share. Ouch.