Re: You can pry Windows XP from our cold dead computers
Thanks for the comments. To be clear, I didn't mean that many will have "no choice" but to upgrade to another Windows OS. Rather, I meant that many will have to upgrade to something-- including (as the article discusses, and as your comment indicates) iPads. People won't use be able to use XP indefinitely.
Your mileage may vary, of course, depending on how you use your computer, how open you've been to replacing hardware components over the years while keeping the same computer; etc. But the more time goes by, the more people will leave XP either because it is too slow, too risky, or too limited compared to new options. Some XP systems might be "perfectly good," but when I see some of the antiquated machines people have hung onto (e.g. the ones that take 10 minutes just to wake from sleep), I'm often surprised. No, existing XP software won't stop working on April 9-- but if you have Office 2003, it'll lose support on April 8, just like XP. Can you get away with using XP in coming months? Certainly. Are you asking for trouble if you continue running Office 2013, an old version of Internet Explorer, and so on? I think so.
If someone who just browses the web and send emails has an XP system, I wouldn't suggest they spend $500 or $1000 on a new machine. A few hundred dollars on a tablet or low-cost laptop, however, is a different matter; for many people's needs, the cost of a computing device isn't what it was during XP's heyday.