The final three weeks. April 8 is so close, one can almost feel the sun rising on that momentous day approaching. It is set to be the day when Windows XP receives its final batch of security updates.

After that the Windows XP users are on their own.

And while Microsoft is still encouraging everyone to make the move to Windows 8.1, in order to find out what a truly modern operating system looks and feels like, the company admits that this version of Windows could be overwhelming for users.

In a new post, the software titan shares some tips, while saying that the overall experience could be quite a bit different due to the lack of some of the more traditional features that are in Windows XP:

“With Microsoft support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ending April 8, small businesses and consumers are upgrading to newer devices with updated technology.

For people still using technology from more than a decade ago, Microsoft’s new operating system and productivity software — Windows 8.1 and Office 365 — will look and feel a little different. But knowing a few simple tips will make for an easy transition.”

Redmond then goes over some of these new features that are available in Windows 8.1 that can confuse beginners, while once gain remarking that the familiar old desktop is still there.

Windows 8.1 Update 1 could not get here soon enough, with its improvements for improvements for keyboard and mouse users. Windows XP users, one can almost say, might really appreciate what this upcoming refresh brings to the platform.

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  • Ray C

    Of course it’s different. There are a lot of things that are different about Windows 7. When I go back to XP now, I almost feel the same way I would if I had to go back to 98. Anything you use that is 10 years newer than what you have now is going to feel like a big change. You don’t think a phone now seems different from the most popular phone 10 or 11 years ago? It’s different, but there is plenty left over from the familiar parts of Windows.

  • Sally Black

    As Ray said, things are expected to be different nowadays. XP is over a decade old. I think this is why Microsoft isn’t discouraging people from choosing windows 7 if they want. As the numbers posted yesterday indicate, windows 7 has received a numbers boost. I think the jump huge either way though for older people who are comfortable with XP.

  • Jake

    I cannot imagine how difficult it would be for older people to switch from XP to Windows 8! My grandparents/parents can barely turn on a computer! It would definitely be overwhelming for them.