re: Microsoft's XP Eulogy: Not Everyone's Listening
Microsoft is like a marauding army-- without new plunder, the army falls apart. In the same way, Microsoft cannot allow its XP demographic to prosper with XP, because its revenue stream would constrict enormously.
Ironically, despite its own history and every monopolistic tendency Microsoft has demonstrated, the company cannot "innovate" its way out of unabashed success with XP. Instead, Microsoft has decided to poison the well of XP users, driving them away from their preferred operating system for reasons having nothing to do with the merits of XP, itself.
Yet, even as Microsoft's decision is largely unrelated to XP performance, and has everything to do with future profits, those XP users who refuse to buy a new computer system and buy into Windows 8.x refuse to do so because of their own dwindling, erratic revenue stream. Suffering through a full economic recession, they have budget and cash flow to worry about, as well-- this is not the time for Microsoft to bulldoze them away from an operating system they like and use daily.
XP is the least offensive of Microsoft bloatware, as anyone who thought about installing Vista or Widows 7 has discovered already. Bloatware is not merely a threat to resource and data volume management, but impacts system performance. All that code baggage conspires for heavier hardware budgets, simply to run Windows properly.
As for termination of Microsoft "support" for XP, when was the last time anyone called Microsoft for help with a serious Windows problem? Most users have learned to do without Microsoft involvement, since a good firewall and AV application remain primary guarantors of acceptable security.