The bottom line here is that Microsoft has to make money, otherwise there is no reason for them to exist. It is that simple. Now we as consumers will see it differently, they need to exist because we use their software, but WE USE THEIR SOFTWARE!. We buy the product they sell us. Most people on TS like to exclaim XP as 'good enough', and why screw with it past there, even office 2003 too. But I believe this is an age related thought. XP sort of reigned for a minimum of 6 years in the 'consumer' world. Most people that post to places like this are between 13 and early 20s. Most people that post here then didn't experience any Windows OS other than XP (as their first OS). Windows before XP wasn't all that dreadful. Businesses were running something called Windows NT. NT was pretty stable, NT became Windows 2000, and Windows 2000 sort of merged with Windows 9x and made XP. But XP is really NT. NT was pretty damn good, and 2k was really good (got plug and play support). So, be careful how much you lean on the "why do I need Win 8 or whatever next gen os" because it is equally as possible to argue against XP. Windows 2k was fine.