XP GETS NEW SECURITY PROTECTION
End of Microsoft support is by no means the end of XP. The antivirus vendor Malwarebytes recently released Anti-Exploit, a product which uses advanced, real-time methods to detect even zero-day attacks, based on behavior and certain traits of the latest threats. https://www.malwarebytes.org/antiexploit/premium/
There is a free version, as well, with a subset of the premium features.
Malwarebytes Anti-Exploit brings to the mass consumer market the idea of combating malware intrusion on a real-time basis, instead of a constant stream of patches from Microsoft This solution is elegantly simple-- years ago, IBM suggested behavior analysis is the only way to detect and stem the more advanced system intrusions, relegating the standard list of malware signatures to the category of dated technology.
Obviously, the Malwarebytes product dramatically improves the security situation for the XP population. Those who are taking a last look at leaving XP for security concerns may be able to reconsider.
Those who remain with XP do so for a variety of reasons, but sentimental attachment is the least of them. First, the typical XP system simply works well, and is the most field-tested Windows in Microsoft history, with more than a decade of user experience incorporated into its design.
Second, XP is surprisingly light and efficient with even older hardware, compared to later Windows versions, and its already small footprint can be trimmed beyond that minimal size. That is especially important with legacy equipment and budgets that will not bear massive acquisitions, simply to keep up with what Microsoft claims is the next-best-thing.
Third, XP is still among the most widely-distributed versions of Windows among developers and products. Every product seems to have an XP driver, or failing that, one can be found easily which will work in the majority of cases.
XP would have remained even more popular, had Microsoft not terrified users into leaving XP behind, and stampeded them into buying a later Windows version. That Microsoft would do such a thing indicates how popular XP has become. Indeed, the majority of consumers moves to new versions of Windows for one reason, only-- they are forced to take the version of Windows already installed on their next computer.
Were users able to choose their own Windows version, Microsoft might have a crisis of non-adoption on its hands. Quite simply, XP deserves its good reputation, representing countless hours of user investment in product improvement over its long life. Without exaggeration, Windows users represent the world's largest group of beta testers who actually pay for the opportunity. With XP, at least, these hundreds of millions of users now can enjoy their highly efficient, well-developed operating system indefinitely, without End-of-Life migration demands from Microsoft.