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On 14-May-17 23:05, Jonathan Goble wrote:
Microsoft (exceptionally?) just released a security patch for XP
against the WannaCry ransomware worm: in a sense that's an admission that it is still a relevant
platform in practical terms.

-- Hisham

I saw that. That's highly, highly unusual, as it's the first update in
three years for XP. But you're right that it is basically an admission by
Microsoft that XP is still practically relevant despite being officially
dead for three years.

There are places where XP is quite costly to replace, especially industrial machinery and lab instrumentation whose drivers for custom interfaces does not work under more recent OS versions... and the maker just says "buy the latest model" (x00000 euros).

Of course the wisdom of using a short-life consumer operating system on machines built to last 30+ years is questionable.