Released to manufacturing on August 24, 2001, Windows XP took a few months to hit the market, an event that took place on 25 October of the same year. According to former Microsoft Project Director for Windows XP Iain McDonald, who shared his thoughts on this anniversary on LinkedIn, "For those of us on the team, XP was a continuation of what we’d done with the release Windows2000 (Win2k), 20 months earlier. Whereas Win2k was focused on corporate users, XP was bringing that stability goodness from Win2k to consumers. I was Project Manager for Win2k and Project Director for XP."
How in the world could Windows XP celebrating an anniversary? Windows XP dropped support on April 8, 2014. This anniversary does not compute!
However, I did choose yes, because I do miss Windows XP. It was perhaps one of the best operating systems ever made. And yes, I know, coming from someone like me who is a Linux user now, I know that seems strange.
But the truth is, if Microsoft did not become the monster that it is today, would we have switched from Windows XP to Linux? I'd wager a theory that most of us would still be on Windows XP, if it had continued support that is.
But Microsoft dropped support on it, and became the monster it is today. Most of us switched to Linux, not because we prefer the look of the desktop experience, but because we wanted to get away from the monster who is trying to devour us.
This is all going to be subjective opinion though. But even though I have been on Linux for over 6 years, I still miss Windows XP. Whenever I watch a video on Youtube of WindowsXP, the nostalgia feels hit my heart hard.