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As Microsoft has made very clear recently, it will soon end its technical support of the company's Windows XP operating system. XP was first introduced to the world 13 years ago, back in 2001, making it ancient in technology terms. Though it is one of the oldest systems still in use, it remains massively popular, which could prevent an issue for consumers after the announced April 8 cutoff date for repairs and services.

According to estimates, 30 percent of total operating systems worldwide still run on Windows XP. This is a decline from when Microsoft announced it would end its support this year - in early 2013, the market share of XP was 39 percent - though it is still higher than the company anticipated. This makes XP the second-highest used operating system, completely overshadowing both Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 OS, which have just 10 percent of total market share between them.

Because of the continued popularity of XP, Microsoft has been ramping up its efforts to get people to make the switch to the newer systems. The company knows that once it stops providing security patches and fixes for its computers, there will be thousands of people and businesses vulnerable to possible cyber attacks. Industry experts say the continued support for XP over such a long period of time has to do with its strength as a product, its widespread use in the corporate world and perceived weaknesses of Windows 7 and 8.

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