THE WORLD WON'T END in 10 days when Microsoft
finally drops support for Windows XP on PC systems on 8 April, and perhaps aside from making a few minor adjustments, most businesses and consumers still using it probably will hardly notice and thus won't care, despite Microsoft
's rather desperate recent campaign of fear-mongering about security.
's desperation is understandable, since sales of new PCs fell off a cliff last year due to widespread dissatisfaction with Windows 8. The firm rushed out Windows 8.1 last autumn, but it wasn't enough to reverse the lack of market momentum and the lingering effects of hard times in the economy, so 2013 PC sales were generally down for the year