Micro-Tactics To Get Rid Of XP
Microsoft used several tactics for getting users to migrate to Vista and later, to Windows 7. Among these tactics was discontinuing the formal customer support for Windows XP. When it discontinued support to Windows XP Service Pack, no one seemed to be affected. There were no noticeable complaints, at least none that came into my notice. The reason could be that most people had migrated to Windows XP Service Pack 2 by the time the support was withdrawn.
When it revoked support to Windows XP SP2, Microsoft suffered a loss inmarket share as a result of public outcry. People did not want to use Vista. They wanted XP and in responce to this pressure, Microsoft resumed and extended support for XP SP2.
It was only when substantial number of people migrated to Windows 7 that Microsoft got some relief from XP lovers. It went ahead and discontinued support to XP SP2. However, it still could not discontinue support for SP3. Such was the outcry that Microsoft had to increase Windows XP SP3 till April 2014.
This time, it looks like Microsoft is confident and won't offer any more support extensions for the operating system loved and cherished by users all around the world. Confidence comes from the fact that people are slowly but steadily upgrading to Windows 7, another landmark operating system from Microsoft.