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Microsoft has pointed out that, when it is no longer supported with security fixes, XP will become much more vulnerable to threats. In addition, third-party application providers are not expected to continue their support for apps designed for XP.
Early last year, Microsoft announced that its then-new Internet Explorer 9 would not run on XP, which it called "the lowest common denominator."
A year ago, Web metrics firm Net Applications reported that XP was running on 51 percent of all the computers on the planet. Among businesses, according to Forrester Research, that figure was closer to 60 percent.
In the last year, XP has lost about 10 percent of its market share, and, at its current pace of decline, is projected to drop to about 17 percent of the market by the time the Clock of Doom sounds its alarm in April 2014.
But cheer up, XP. Your younger sibling, the 5-year-old Vista, is also being cut off from the family tree. Starting Tuesday, security updates for Vista will continue to be free, but any Vista user without a commercial support contract will have to pay for non-security bug fixes and other patches. After April 1, 2017, there will be no more security updates for Vista.