Windows XP appeared at that time in a Home and Professional Edition, and thus laid the foundation for almost impenetrable tangle Editions. Offer was followed by the N edition without the Microsoft Media Player for sale in Europe and had a K and KN edition for Korea where also the media player but also the lack of Windows Messenger.
For the sale of cheap Windows licenses in selected countries, there was still the starter edition, which was intended for low-end hardware and allowed only three programs open simultaneously.
Microsoft discovered early on that you should also get Windows XP to the living room and then published three Windows XP Media Center Editions. Lastly, there are two Windows XP versions were used for Tablet.
Last but Microsoft wanted to accelerate the transition to 64-bit hardware with its own variant. The Windows XP Professional x64 Edition released on 25 April, 2005.
Until 8 April 2014 to offer Microsoft nor the "extended support" for Windows XP and support the operating system for longer than originally planned. The reason for the extended support Windows Vista flopped was that its not time to take root.
Only with Windows 7, Microsoft managed to Windows XP users to present a worthy successor, they also want to use. Even Windows 7 took until October 2011, replacing Windows XP as most used operating system among users around the globe. According toStatCounter , the two operating systems share the current place in the sun with 38.54 (Windows XP), or 40.39 per cent (Windows 7).