Although mainstream support for XP has ended, there will be free bug fixes freely available under 2014. I don't really get the point. Microsoft has cut resources to XP users to put more resources to build Windows 7 and Windows 8?
Look at Windows Vista. We know that SP2 is arriving not too far away but what is the point of having Vista when the OS itself is a memory hog? Well, Windows 7 looks promising. I did have a go at the beta on my desktop last month and it was alright. The interface is similar to Windows Vista but since it is just a beta programme, we have to wait until the final version of Windows 7 to be released to the public.
I don't think that old pcs and laptops should be using Windows 7. What I mean by old computers would be somewhere along the line of Intel Pentium 4 socket 428 downwards and AMD K7 downwards. I have tried installing the beta Windows 7 on my seven year old laptop and it is much slower than Windows XP. Bear in mind that my laptop officially can handle 1GB of memory but with a customised BIOS, XP made use of the 2GB memory which I have installed on the laptop. I can't upgrade the laptop further unless I get myself a Pentium 4-M 2.6Ghz cpu which is not to be found anywhere. Look, the cpu itself is a single core and it will not be able to utilise the multi core threads enabled on Windows 7 OS.
Another thing is that there are many netbooks which runs on XP. Well, if Microsoft is going to shut down totally on XP, I don't think users of netbooks will be happy at all, don't you think so? I think Microsoft should reconsider their position. Netbook is just not capable of running Windows 7 smoothly as compared to a dual core laptop. The current Atom cpus have only 512kb of L2 cache which is the same amount of cache my cpu have. Just don't kill Windows XP support!!! I think XP users are looking at SP4 and SP5 if possible... It is so wrong for Microsoft to stop mainstream support for the product.