It's been over 12 years, folks: It's time to let that aging operating system go. In case the insistent cries of all your favorite applications and anyone who's used your computer recently weren't enough indication, we're here to make it totally clear that today is the day Microsoft ends official support for Windows XP. That means no more security updates and no more customer service calls. A paid option is available to organizations (think: governments, corporations, etc.) that offers "critical" patches and support, but even Microsoft suggests upgrading to a newer version of Windows instead of footing the bill.
We won't rib you too much for sticking to XP, though; over 25 percent of you are still running Microsoft's 2001 release, according to NetMarketShare. And that's to say nothing of the world's ATMs, 95 percent of which were still running XP as of two weeks ago. Egads!