I know there have been a substantial number of articles on the end of Windows XP and its implications, but I couldn’t resist chiming in. Hey, maybe I was destined to do so since I was one of a few thousand people at the Windows 95 introduction in Redmond (back in the summer of 1995 of course). Here are my thoughts on this transition, I’ll try to take a bit of a different angle on the topic.
1. Microsoft will likely come out of this with a black eye. Windows XP was released in 2001 and was supported by Microsoft for nearly 13 years. As a point of comparison, the aforementioned W95 was supported for just over 6 years. Microsoft was more than generous with XP support, in spite of its market misstep with Vista, yet roughly 27% of PCs are still running XP and will now be vulnerable to a certain wave of malware over the next few months. If any of these attacks result in a major breach, we are bound to see publicity-seeking pols lambasting Redmond in the halls of the U.S. Congress conjuring up imagery of Teddy Roosevelt and his famous trust-busting exploits of 1902. In truth, Microsoft did nothing wrong, but if and when there are XP security problems, look for the Washington PR machine to seize on the opportunity for Microsoft vilification.