Windows XP: 'news of my impending death are not exaggerated'

Windows XP users are being reminded that support from Microsoft for the aging operating system will cease 365 days from today.

Camwood, a UK-based consultancy, has indicated that 20% of British IT managers plan on using the software after that date, even though they will be unable to receive security updates or technical support from Bill Gates and co.

In a study of 250 tech bods at companies with more than 2000 employees, more than half the respondents said they had yet to start addressing the problem, with only 42 per cent saying they were already taking steps to upgrade their Windows software. Tech bods, eh?

Windows XP came out in 2001 and remains the second most popular operating system for PCs. 38.7 per cent of PCs use XP, according to NetMarketShare. Microsoft has released Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 since XP. Windows 7 only became the most popular desktop operating system in September last year.

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