As Windows XP Ends, So Goes PC Era


The end of Windows XP is also the end of everything we grew up with in the Personal Computing business.

Windows XP Tombstone

We're also saying goodbye to the PC as the preferred hardware for the average user, Windows as the standard operating system and the power of Wintel in our business lives.

Obviously, the death of XP is an arranged suicide, with Microsoft attendant in all the funeral details.

The commercial advantage, for Microsoft and its partners, is that this should spur sales for Windows 8 (and upcoming Windows 9).

Hopefully under better sales practice than one story we heard today: a woman in Belgium was told her PC "would stop" when the plug is pulled on XP support as her laptop would become so quickly "infected."  If that isn't apocryphal enough, the salesperson recommended immediately replacing the laptop with a tablet...

While some salespeople will take advantage of XP's death, it is also clear that commercial interests see the value in using XP's demise to encourage tech slackers to move forward.

New advertising campaigns by Microsoft and Intel point out the longevity of Windows XP in real years may be less than in perceived "technology years."  They have a good point.

To assist their retrospective-marketing approach, we are listing here the world as we knew it in 2001, the year Windows XP came to market...


All the above history, if you can think back to these events and how long ago they seem, gives more authority to this photo (below) of the newest Intel advertisement:

Intel and XP Dog Years

Dog-eared XP will not only be buried, but will have to die under a new marketing campaign that paints XP as senile and... just too darn old.

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