After many years of retirement, the 20-year-old Windows XP still has millions of users sticking to it

After many years of retirement, the 20-year-old Windows XP still has millions of users sticking to it

The undulating green mountains, the blue sky with stratocumulus and cirrus clouds floating-I believe you must have seen this picture. This is the default desktop wallpaper of Windows XP, named “Bliss (incomparable happiness)”, which is deeply imprinted in the memory of a generation.

Windows XP is an operating system launched by Microsoft for personal computers, including commercial and home desktops, laptops, and tablets. The name “XP” means “experience” in English. Windows XP is the next-generation Windows operating system after Windows 2000 and Windows Me. It is also Microsoft’s first consumer-oriented operating system using the Windows NT architecture.

development path

On August 24, 2001, Microsoft Vice President Jim Olchin released the RTM version of Windows XP.

On October 25, 2001, Microsoft officially released a retail version of Windows XP.

In September 2002, Microsoft released the Windows XP SP1 patch package.

In September 2004, Microsoft released the Windows XP SP2 patch package.

In 2005, Microsoft also released two series of 64-bit Windows XP client and Windows Server 2003 server, supporting 64-bit desktop processors from Intel and AMD.

In April 2008, Microsoft released the Windows XP SP3 patch package and announced that this was the last upgrade to Windows XP.

On June 30, 2008, Microsoft stopped selling Windows XP.

On April 14, 2009, Microsoft stopped mainstream technical support for Windows XP, including new Microsoft services such as IE, DirectX, and MSN, which could not be used on XP.

On March 11, 2014, Microsoft China announced that it would cooperate with Qihoo 360 to provide Chinese XP users with security protection services during the transition period and Windows 8 upgrade solutions.

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft ceased support and services for all versions of Windows XP, including patches, upgrades, and bug fixes.

On May 13, 2017, due to the huge impact of the “Wannacry” ransomware worm incident, Microsoft issued an announcement and once again released a special patch for Windows XP that has ceased to support it.

status quo

Before the end of September 2011, Windows XP was the most used operating system in the world, with a market share of 42%; in January 2007, the market share of Windows XP reached a historical peak (later surpassed by Windows 10), exceeding 76%. According to Netmarketshare’s statistics on global network users, in August 2012, Windows XP, which has dominated the operating system market for 11 years, was finally surpassed by Windows 7.

Twenty years after its release, the latest data from Statcounter shows that 0.59% (approximately 7.8 million) of existing Windows computer users are still using the old Windows XP. It is worth noting that Microsoft ended as early as 2009 and 2014 respectively. Mainstream support and extended support for WinXP have been added.

Windows XP’s games such as King of Spades, Checkers, Backgammon, Reversi, and Hearts have been closed. The server cannot be connected to play with other players, and the system cannot support update and optimization. Microsoft has officially phased out Windows XP products. Nowadays, many users will install virtual Windows XP on the desktop of new operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10 to run many nostalgic game software.

Remember the classic wallpaper mentioned at the beginning of the article? Many people have tried to restore it in the same place, but the scene has changed that year. The fence and vines of the farmer occupy a large area, and the scene is far less pure than it was 20 years ago. Just like Microsoft has been transforming Windows in the past 20 years, Windows XP will not go back to its peak after all.

Today, 20 years later, Windows XP still wins the hearts of many people. Unfortunately, it will only remain in our memory, not in our computers.

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