Formerly known as Whistler, this newest version of Windows for consumers and businesses, is based on the NT/2000 microkernel code. It combines the more stable and powerful core of Windows 2000 with the high usability shell of Windows Me. The look of the operating system is based around 'themes' provided by Microsoft. It was originally intended as a mainly consumer version of Windows using the NT/2000 code base, as a means to replace the aging Windows 95/98/Me which are based on DOS and the Win32 API. XP is now also intended for businesses. It was released in October 2001.

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TechTarget - LabMice: Windows XP Resource Center
Support articles, whitepapers, links, and other resources for IT Professionals.
TweakHound - Windows XP
Offers articles about the operating system, links, security information, troubleshooting, and updates.
Wikipedia - Windows XP
Crowd-sourced encyclopedia article about the Microsoft operating system.
Windows XP
Microsoft's official site for its operating system. As of April 8, 2014, support and updates are no longer available.
The Guardian - Microsoft warns against Windows XP security update hack
Hackers discovered a way to trick Microsoft into continuing to support Windows XP after updates ceased, but it may not be safe and reliable. (May 27, 2014)
The Guardian - How can I use Windows XP safely now it's no longer supported?
Microsoft discontinued support for its Windows XP operating system this week, which means users need to beef up their security practices to cope. (April 11, 2014)
The Guardian - How can I upgrade my netbook from XP to Windows 7?
Windows XP is coming to the end of its life and Dave wants to know how to replace it with Windows 7… though there may be better options (February 13, 2014)
BBC News - Microsoft 'Experiments' with XP
Article details the basic features of the operating system, and argues that it is a "gamble". (April 19, 2001)

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