Microsoft shipped the first copies of its Windows XP operating system to PC manufacturers 10 years ago today.
XP continues to be the preferred operating system for PC users worldwide, despite being superseded by two major Windows releases.
Figures released in March by analyst firm Forrester Research suggest that nearly 60 per cent of systems run XP, and Microsoft has committed to supporting the operating system until 2014.
PC vendors, meanwhile, are preparing to mark one year without XP, as Microsoft stopped providing copies of XP for bundling with new PCs in September 2010.
Microsoft has twice tried to phase the operating system out of the market. The company urged customers to switch to the ill-fated Windows Vista in 2007, which became one of the company's biggest flops.
That hesitance may come at a price. XP is still considered the top target for malware attacks, and security researchers recently estimated that as many as three quarters of all rootkit infections target XP systems.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary, V3 has posted the original 2001 review of Windows XP by now defunct sister publication IT Week.
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