Copy of what I posted on W8 Forums -- same issue.
I can't really imagine the article was seriously written by anyone who purports to understand ANYTHING at all about either how businesses work or even I.T depts.
And who are these "Experts" saying Don't do it -- do they really expect some businesses to spend several HUNDRED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS(US) on replacing expensive but perfectly functioning engineering machine tools etc with new ones simply because the newer OS'es don't have applications or drivers
for the equipment --some of the stuff I'm talking about has life cycles of perhaps up to 50 years -- and in the mean time the original manufacturer has either ceased production or been taken over by other people whio no longer support the older gear.
The whole article seemed to revolve around the failings in using XP on the Internet -- for 90% of typical offices corporate applications usually involve local applications (even if they are big back end ERP systems etc) or private intranets.
To basically waste almost the whole article in describing about security flaws on XP was a total waste of space -- anybody who needs to use XP after support ends can run it "Until the cows come home" 100% safely and reliably by simply running it as a Virtual machine where all their legacy apps will still work and simply isolate the XP machine from the public Internet -- job easily done - but hardly a mention of this fact too.
I'm still using regularly (and will continue to use) a W2K3 server (basically a server version of XP) as a Virtual machine -- and it runs my legacy applications and hardware just fine.
Some of the people who write those technical articles should really go back to teaching primary school kids basic arithmetic and leave computing to those that know how to do it.
Providing a W2K3 virtual server in a business environment will easily solve most people's legacy XP problems -- and for those stand alone machines that ran things like say Laboratory equipment etc - there's no security involved as these don't have to be connected to any internet.
(Note running XP applications from a Windows XP server on client machines is simple too -- the front end could even be a Windows tablet !!).
No Panic really -- all you need to be aware of is that a) some Internet sites won't display or execute content properly -- but you don't need to use XP for the Internet, and b) security updates will cease -- but on Private Networks and stand alone machines is that actually a problem. !!
Even these OS'es can be run safely in Virtual machines (Windows version 1 and W98 shown here) !! and AFAIK there haven't been security updates for YEARS (if there were even any at all in the first case). I wouldn't run IE though normally on a W98 Virtual machine but it still can be done as shown.