Windows Vista - Windows XP is an operating system that was...

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Windows XP is an operating system that was produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers , including home and business desktops, laptops , and media centers . It was first released in August 2001, and is the most popular version of Windows , based on installed user base. The name "XP" is short for "eXPerience." Windows XP was the successor to both Windows 2000 and Windows Me , and was the first consumer-oriented operating system produced by Microsoft to be built on the Windows NT kernel and architecture . Though other versions of Windows XP exist, the two most commonly used versions are: Home Edition, which is intended to succeed the Windows 95, 98, and Me family Professional Edition, which is intended to succeed the Windows NT and 2000 family Microsoft has announced that it will provide security patches and updates to Windows XP until April 2014. Windows XP was eventually released for two additional architectures, Windows XP 64-bit Edition for IA-64 ( Itanium ) processors and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition for x86-64 . There is also Windows XP Embedded , a component version of the Windows XP Professional, and editions for specific markets such as Windows XP Starter Edition. By mid 2009, a manufacturer revealed the first Windows XP powered cellular telephone. The NT -based versions of Windows, which are programmed in C , C++ , and assembly , are known for their improved stability and efficiency over the 9x versions of Microsoft Windows . Windows XP presented a significantly redesigned graphical user interface , a change Microsoft promoted as more user-friendly than previous versions of Windows. A new software management facility called Side-by-Side Assembly was introduced to ameliorate the " DLL hell " that plagues 9x versions of Windows. It is also the first version of Windows to use product activation to combat illegal copying . During development, the project was codenamed " Whistler ", after Whistler , British Columbia , as many Microsoft employees skied at the Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort. According to web analytics data generated by W3Schools , as of October 2010, Windows XP is the most widely used operating system for accessing the Internet in the world with a 48.9% market share, having peaked at 76.1% in January 2007. Windows XP was originally brought into being as an operating system which would combine the best features of the latest business operating system of the time, Windows 2000, which by then was quite mature and evolved, having had a few years of use in the business community, and Windows 98 Second Edition (SE), which was far and away the most robust version of a home-use operating system prior to XP. Many users prefer to remain with Windows XP, rather than upgrade to Windows Vista. History
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2011 for the course ACCOUNTANC 506 taught by Professor Mr.reyes during the Spring '11 term at University of the Philippines Diliman.

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