Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 Retired – Microsoft News
Windows 2000, Windows XP SP2 Retired – Microsoft News – Windows 2000 and Windows XP SP2 are no more, according to Microsoft. With the release of Windows 7, the older operating systems have become outdated and there is a need for the company to move forward instead of trying to connect with outdated software. Keep in mind that the operating systems will not stop working, the company is just cutting their support for those operating systems; meaning that they will not be releasing any new security fixes or provide technical assistance. If you want to keep running the operating systems, you will have to provide yourself with support.
The masses phased out Windows 2000 on their own several years ago, and the operating system has continued to lose popularity since 2005. Six years after Microsoft released their second service pack, they are ending support for it. Six years is an eternity in the tech world. Microsoft would eventually release a third service pack for the operating system several years later.
It will be interesting to see how many people switch to Windows 7 with this announcement. As computers start to crap out, and people are looking for support for their machines, they may just be persuaded to upgrade their computer.
The downside is that many users are still reporting problems with XP machines. Smaller computer support companies will benefit from the move, but Microsoft is leaving a lot of users hanging by cutting off support to Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 users.