F--- Wit XP Day, and Everybody's Celebratin

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After 12 years, support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. Customers moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities.

When XP came out in 2001, I was 13. Lucky kids had Pentium 4s blazing along at two whole gigahertz, though most of us had the cheaper Celerons. Those were the days when you'd start your computer, walk away, and come back ten minutes later when it had finished booting up. Phones were just phones, "mobile Internet" meant carrying a modem to plug into the wall at the hotel, and the closest thing we had to social networks was a bunch of nicheforums scattered randomly around the web. 

While Windows 7 was an improvement in every way, I never really minded XP. It…worked. You could understand it, even at 13. There were no charms, no abstraction of the file system like with Windows 8 or Apple's Launchpad. Any app would run on it, and you could feel superior to the dumb mac kids with their pretty UX, underpowered iBooks, and limited software catalogs (says the guy at a company where we won't even give our accountants windows boxes now). It needed a little love now and then, but it was just fine.

But it's time to let it go. Marco Arment:

That was a long time ago. We’ve all moved on. Microsoft should be allowed to move on, too.

I don’t know how they can, though….People just don’t care to upgrade. Windows XP still “works” for them, and the upgrades are different, which is bad. Can Microsoft really stop issuing security patches? I guess they have to at some point, but this is how botnets start.

Honestly, while the death of XP is great in the abstract, what I'm actually excited about is the ability to deprecate IE8 support in web apps. Supporting IE8 has been the bane of developers for years, and here at PagerDuty, we're having a special happy hour to celebrate no longer having to do stuff like this.