Litigation is a machine which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage - Ambrose Bierce, allegedly
AGING PC OPERATING SYSTEM Windows XP has reached the 60 day threshold from Microsoft's end of support date.
Software peddler Microsoft has marked the occasion with two blog posts. One explains what "End of Support" means and is somewhat like an adult sitting down and explaining death to a four year old who has discovered that Tiddles the Hamster isn't moving.
The second, aimed at the more technically literate explains how you can help those less fortunate than you kick the Windows XP habit. The alternatives are fairly unappealing, as they make it clear that there are no free options here and that whatever you do, it will require paying money to Microsoft.
The first is upgrading. It recommends helping your technical Luddite family members by running the Windows Upgrade Assistant and helping them back up their files before helping them use their credit card to buy Windows 8.1.
The second is to buy a new computer and offers a sales pitch about why it will be very splendid of you to ask 88 year old Auntie Nora to splash out for a new machine.
As might have been expected, the response to the post has been extremely hostile, with one user venting, "I wish I could get my mother BACK on [Windows] XP from Windows 7. She knows how to use it already. From that perspective, Windows 8 is a joke. Absolutely nothing works the way she would expect it to."
Another said, "For the next 100 years, this will be a text book case (in any business school) on how [a] dominant company abuse[d] their customers excessively."
Another, who appeared to be using the thesaurus feature in Microsoft Office, said, "We are determined to migrate away from Micro$oft. You are just extremely [o]bnoxious and egregiously nefarious!"
What is particularly concerning is Microsoft's implication that Windows XP is some kind of affliction. It said, "We hope that this end of support page for Windows XP on Windows.com and all the resources there is helpful to you and can be something you can use to help your friends and family get off Windows XP."
If that is the case, then it seems that Microsoft wants to implore everyone still using this dreadful PC operating system to please understand that it's not really your fault and Microsoft only wants to help you, but you're hurting Microsoft and you're hurting the people around Microsoft and you really need to address that. µ