Microsoft provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time came for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.
As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.
My last updates (xp) came through just fine. FF for web, Thunderbird for mail Thi4rd party AV security... good to go fro a few years... then again, I keep track of these things. Some parties in other countries may not have the ability of migrate due to either availability or hardware, so xp will be around for a few years yet. Will it be a quick drop from 27% (depends on whose metrics you follow)? ... Maybe, but I think it will hold steady at 20% 2-5 years (closer to 2) and those folks might still run ie8.