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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Windows XP: RIP 2001 - 2014

It is with great sadness that we pause for a moment to mark the passing of Windows XP.  The child of Windows 2000, XP is survived by 7 and 8.1 (Vista and 8 never really lived).

Windows XP, you were a titan, a software god among insects.  You convinced many to buy their first computer, but you weren’t satisfied.  You introduced the masses to the Internet, email, clear type, and blissful green grasses and blue skies. We trusted you with our most valuable data.

When Microsoft tried to replace you with Vista, Justin Long scratched his head while world laughed Vista to scorn.  Yes, we had some good times, XP…good times.

But then 7 came out, and suddenly you were looking more outdated than a powder blue leisure suit.  After 9 long years of making money for Microsoft, they sent you into retirement.  But legends die hard.  Technically and financially challenged people everywhere held on when the rest of the world abandoned you.  But all good things come to an end.

On April 8th, 2014 Microsoft pulled the plug. The virus men seemed to hold back their attacks long enough to see you put in the ground.  But now we know their real intent: to wait until Microsoft quit patching vulnerabilities and turn the XP boxes of the world into an army of virus spewing, data corrupting zombie monsters.

We couldn’t let it end like this, XP.  We value all the data we’ve gathered together too much.  So we had to put you down.  After migrating our data, we nuked the hard drive, and sent the machine off to be recycled. 

Now we are living life in the fast lane with 7 and we never knew it could be so good.  When Microsoft comes ‘round to peddle its latest 8.1 wares, we’ll remember you, XP. Come back in 2022, Microsoft, and take Windows 7 from our cold, dead, virus spewing, zombie hard drives.

hh2 Web Services officially ended support for Windows XP along with Internet Explorer 8 on April 8th, 2014.  We highly recommend to all our customers to upgrade to at least Windows 7.  For those of you who are still holding on, it’s time to let go.  Let XP rest in peace.

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