Windows XP still has more than 30% of the PC market. If I were a manufacture of any type of consumer goods and realized that one of my products more than 10 year after its introduction still had that kind of consumer loyalty I’d be tickled pink and want to take advantage of this by introducing a new and improved version.
So what could Microsoft do?
Easy; release a new version of XP called the Special Edition.
What improvements could be made? For starters:
1) Support for IE11.
2) Support for Solid State Drives (TRIM).
3) Include the latest device drivers.
4) Add Aero and Peak.
5 Ready Boost.
6) Snipping tool.
7) Improved ‘Search’ performance and Home Group for file sharing.
8) Continuation of Windows updates for at least 3 more years.
9) 90 day free technical support.
10) Installation / Upgrading to the special edition would be from a CD without any complicated choices for the user to make.
What should not be done is to add or improve any feature that would cause incompatibility with your existing software applications no matter how old they are. Also no changes should be made to the Taskbar look and functionality. In short if it runs in XP it will run in the “Special Edition”.