HP sees Windows XP as PC market's potential savior

Everyone had high hopes for Windows 8. The new operating system was supposed to boost demand for new PCs and to breathe some life back into a slumping PC industry. But alas, things turned out quite differently. The quarter following Windows 8's release was apparently the worst ever for the industry—or, at least, the worst in a long time.

Is there hope on the horizon? Yes, says HP, but not in the form of a new OS release. As ComputerWorld reports, HP expects the deprecation of Windows XP to spur sales in a way that Windows 8's arrival did not.

The PC maker shared that view at a press conference earlier this week. According to ComputerWorld, "HP officials flashed a slide that said, simply, 'Goodbye XP, Hello HP.'" Enrique Lore, HP's business PC chief, went on to predict that Windows XP's demise will be a "big opportunity for HP" and will help sales "significantly more, especially on the commercial side" than Windows 8. 40-50% of business users are still using XP machines, Lore added.

Windows XP came out in October 25, 2001, so it'll be celebrating its 12th birthday in a few months. Microsoft already discontinued mainstream support for the operating system in April 2009. The company plans to end XP's "extended support" phase in April 2014.

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