10 Years of Windows XP

Posted by Amar on September - 12 - 2011

Windows XP, 10 Years,

Windows XP turned 10 Years old on last month Wednesday (August 25th), a milestone for the popular operating system still severing nearly half of the world’s PCs and Laptops, even though we have Vista, Windows 7, Apple and a number of Linux distributions. Also an interesting fact, the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system was also released on the same day 16 years ago.

The platform just turned 10 continues to be the kingmaker of the operating system market, has seen its territory eroded drastically by windows 7, after it survived windows vista almost intact.

According to statistics from Net Applications & marketshare hitslink, XP still dominates for an usage share of 47.69% as of the end of August 2011, but Windows 7 is closing in rapidly, being used by some 31.92% of customers tracked by the Internet metrics company. Totally Microsoft windows operating system has 86.58% of market share in the operating system market.







(Image source thanks to marketshare.hitslink.com)

Some information on the Milestone of Windows XP Operating system

  • Windows XP released to manufacturing (RTM) on August 24, 2001. Codenamed whistler
  • The Development stage of the windows XP was started at 1999, and known as Windows Neptune.
  • Windows XP (which stands for experience) was developed for around 18 months and released to end users on October 25, 2001.
  • 400 Million Copies of Windows XP were in use in January 2006.
  • Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows XP was released on September 9, 2002. It contains post-RTM security fixes and hot-fixes, compatibility updates, optional .NET Framework support.
  • Service Pack 2 (SP2) was released on August 25, 2004, with an emphasis on security (47 patches). Unlike the previous service pack, SP2 added new functionality to Windows XP, such as WPA encryption compatibility and improved Wi-Fi support (with a wizard utility), a pop-up ad blocker for Internet Explorer 6, and Bluetooth support.
  • Service Pack 2b, In August 2006, Microsoft released updated installation media for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP1 to contain a patch that requires ActiveX controls to require manual activation in accordance with a patent held by Eolas. Since then, the technology was licensed by Microsoft, and Service Pack 3 and later versions do not include this update.
  • Service Pack 2c, On August 10, 2007, Microsoft announced a minor update to Service Pack 2, called Service Pack 2c (SP2c). The update fixes the issue of the diminishing number of available product keys for Windows XP. This update was only available to system builders from their distributors in Windows XP Professional and Windows XP Professional N operating systems. SP2c was released in September 2007.
  • Service Pack 3, Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) was released to manufacturing on April 21, 2008, and to the public via both the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update on May 6, 2008.


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