Development of XP began in the late 1990s as "Neptune", an operating system built on the Windows NT kernel which was intended specifically for mainstream consumer use—an updated version of Windows 2000 was also originally planned for the boldness market. However, in January 2000, both projects were shelved in favor of a single OS codenamed "Whistler", which would serve as a single OS pillar for both consumer and firm markets. Windows XP was a adult processes from the MS-DOS based rendering of Windows in security, stability and efficiency due to its utility of Windows NT underpinnings. It introduced a significantly redesigned graphical user interface and was the first version of Windows to use output activation in an exertion to reduce software piracy.
Upon its release, Windows XP received generally positive reviews with critics notations increased accomplishment (especially in counterpart to Windows ME), a more intuitive user interface, improved weapons support, and its expanded multimedia capabilities. Despite poor initial public reception, often centered on driver nourishment and security restrictions, Windows XP eventually proved to be popular and widely used. It was estimated that at least 400 million copies of Windows XP were sold globally within its first five age of availability, and at least one billion copies were sold overall by April 2014
Windows XP remained popular even after the freedom of newer versions, particularly due to the poorly received exemption of its inheritor Windows Vista. Vista's 2009 successor, Windows 7, would overtake XP in total bazaar share by the end of 2011. Sales of Windows XP freedom to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) ceased on June 30, 2008, but continued for netbooks until October 2010. Extended upkeep for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014, after which the operating system ceased receiving further support or defense updates to bulk users. The looming end of support was a agent for concern among visitor and rule due to the large contingents of XP exploiter in several market slice influenced by the poor check-in of Vista, including undertaking environments, and in China—where there were fears that the vitality of maintenance would fuel piracy of newer Windows versions.
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