In Pictures: 9 reasons users won’t ditch Windows XP

Microsoft stopped support for Windows XP on April 8: Meaning, no more software or security updates for the nearly 13-year-old OS, despite it still holding onto just under 30% of the desktop OS market (according to NetMarketShare). Microsoft wants XP users to upgrade to a newer Windows OS, preferably Windows 8.1. Yet many people are determined to hold on - you’ll have to pry Windows XP from their PC’s cold, dead hard drive. Here are nine reasons why.

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Just as XP continues to be well regarded by many, Office 2003 has a similar reputation. This version of the Office suite hit the sweet spot of feature set and usability -- and, significantly, it’s the last version before the ribbon UI would be introduced into Office 2007. Odds are, lots of businesses are still using Office 2003 (up to 30%), and it can run on XP. Microsoft will also cease support for Office 2003 on April 8, but the software will continue to work, and on PCs running XP.

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