Re: Remind me again why Internet Explorer, itself, has anything to do with the Windows XP OS?
SaneIT, You ask if Linux users would stick with a 13 year old O/S. Well, no, we don't have to. The upgrades are FREE, and backwardly compatible with all old hardware, so nothing breaks. (And the installs are painless overlays, not that hatchet job upgrading Windows can be). You can't say the same thing about upgrading from XP to 7 and definitely not from XP to 8.1.1 (many perfectly good PCs built in the circa 2006 time frame running Core 2 Duo processors will run Windows 7 just fine as long as they have enough RAM, but because Windows 8 requires a motherboard chip set supporting a security feature called DEP, for Data Execution Prevention, - which most motherboards of that time period do not support - it simply won't run).
Microsoft should have either waited until the market share of Windows XP got below 8% to 10% before pulling the plug. It wouldn't have been that big of a deal then similar to when they pulled the plug on Windows 98 and Vista.
Either that or as I have said many times before, they should have make Windows 7 Home Preimum (32-bit and 64-bit) available for a cheap price for those still running XP. Many would have done it for say $20 to $49, but they aren't going to pay $100 for a forced upgrade on a 6 to 8 year old PC.
I have a Windows 8.1.1 box for running Solidworks, but I still use my XP box daily for iTunes, email, and streaming music. I'm dual booting it with Ubuntu Linux, and can use Ubuntu for Facebook and other more risky sites. It just works and is now so easy to set up and get all the necessary codecs for playing music and videos. You no longer need to be a command line geek to make it work. I would think that a big chunk of those 27% still running XP could switch to Ubuntu full time and be just fine. Unfortunately, iTunes doesn't run well on Ubuntu, even using Wine, so that is the main reason I stick with XP, until I break down and move my library to the Windows 8.1.1 box.
BTW, I switched to Google Chrome on the XP box a LONG time ago.