Why would you have to move up to windows 8? I know people that still use XP.
I don’t know about today but last year XP was still the most dominant OS among Windows users.
To the extent that, even though MS said they were discontinuing support for XP, we are still getting updates regularly (if not quite as regularly as before.)
For Service Pack 3 (SP3) it runs till 8. April 2014
Yes, you can still get service pack updates to bring you to ServicePack3 level* and you still get automatic security updates but I believe Microsoft is not writing any new functionality improvements to XP, or any new apps for XP.
The question is, what will happen after 8 April 2014? I suspect that security updates will cease. They will also probably not bother to make XP specific fixes or improvements to Microsoft Office or other Microsoft apps. However, remember that XP was the first Microsoft operating system that needed “Activation”. Will Microsoft also stop providing “Activation” authority for people who have an XP installation CD and actually want to install or re-install it on a machine?
I continued to use Windows98 for years after it was officially “dead” simply because all I need to do was find a valid license key (whether it was on on an unopened installation CD or on one of those Win98 booklets crumpled up in the bottom of a junk box or was simply found scribbled on a piece of paper). The “death” of XP will be a different animal because of “Activation”. Can and will Microsoft actually pull the plug? Enquiring users want to know!
* Note: upgrading an XP, XP-SP1, or XP-SP2 to XP-SP3 can be problematic. You sometimes need to manually download an improved InternetExplorer and/or a newer WindowsUpdate app. in order to get enough smarts to get the automatic updater to work.