Cassettes. Now that’s a word you don’t hear too often. Unless you are so old school that you are still rocking your VCP or VCR. You might want to look these up if you are a child of the 2000s.

Another child of the 2000s is Windows XP.

The colorful, delightful, and still very capable operating system is a certified fan favorite. But its time has come, with Microsoft destined to end support for Windows XP in just under a month.

And with so many users still running the old OS, Microsoft is doing all it can to move everyone to a newer platform, like say Windows 8.1. The company uses any and all opportunities to make sure people are aware that Windows XP is approaching its end of life.

This time Redmond has posted a tweet on its official account, comparing Windows XP with music cassettes, saying that they are so old school, just like the operating system that is set for retirement in April. Here take a look at the image:


The Windows 8 logo at very bottom of this bold and bright image is a clear indication that Microsoft wants all Windows XP users to move to this modern platform.

Keep at it, Microsoft.

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  1. It’s true

  2. Jake Phillips / March 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm /Reply

    To me, this is necessary. This may upset XP users, but odds are XP users are not going to switch over to Apple if they didn’t want to switch from XP in the first place. I don’t see this hurting Microsoft too much.

  3. Emily Williams / March 11, 2014 at 2:08 pm /Reply

    Haha. While I think XP is outdated, I do not think it’s as outdated as the cassette. It may be soon enough, but I don’t think it’s THAT obsolete yet.

    • Well I still have a bunch of them lying around, audio cassettes mostly, and a box of home video cassettes. No Windows XP in my vicinity. 😛

      But if not for the security issues, Windows XP is still a capable system. Just not modern. And after using Windows 8.1 (and apps), I find it a bit hard to go back to Windows 7, great as it was.

      • Bill Franklin / March 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm /Reply

        I think you’re in the minority on the cassettes. Haha. I am with you on security issues though. As good as XP is/was, it doesn’t hold a candle to 8.1 and I think everyone still using XP will realize that soon enough.

      • Fahad, I think CDs or DVDs would be a better comparison. They’re still somewhat relevant, but being phased out by better technology like digital mp3s and blueray. Thoughts?

      • I actually have some XP Disc lying around collecting dust, so it’s pretty much like a cassette or VHS at this point.

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