One year ago, Microsoft pulled all support for the Windows XP operating system. No more updates would be forthcoming, meaning that the operating system was being left out in the cold to die, its security flaws no longer patched.
Yet so many people are holding on to the old OS that users have created their own update, called Service Pack 4, to keep it going. And some people are still paying Microsoft for support for their outdated operating system.
We're not just talking about luddites here. The British government, which should be among the first to ditch an OS that no longer receives security updates, can't seem to break out of the past. It's paying Microsoft $8,203,250 to keep the system going, while 35 percent of the National Health Services' computers are still using Windows XP.
Worldwide, 16.94 percent of Internet users—about 1 in 6 people—are still using Windows XP, making it the second most popular operating system behind Windows 7.
Microsoft will release Windows 10 this year, the fourth Microsoft-released Windows operating system since Windows XP debuted in 2001. To be fair, though, one of those operating systems was Vista.