XP: The stepping stone edition OS
XP is still a very much used and loved OS both in business and home use, but why?
It was the ideal stepping stone release, sure it could be quirky at times, but it was like a slightly uneven and curved stone pathway to get us where we needed to go over the next decade
XP took the "average user" beyond the 1GB RAM point, supported the transition from IDE to SATA (and SAS) hard disks, broke the Terabyte barrier without any drama and also helped us make proper use of USB (and in some cases, FireWire)
XP Tablet PC Edition was also Microsoft's first stab at Tablet computing, although this wasn't the perfect tablet OS, it did work fairly well and still gave the user the familiar look and feel of Windows XP that they were familiar with.
Sadly XP32 was limited to maximum of 3.1GB of RAM, but it got by with that restriction.
The corporate world loved it as they could fix it when it went wrong and also it was relatively easy to manage and install MSI packages on.
Equally important, as XP matured we were given the choice of XP32 and XP64 which was a logical and progressive step for those who wanted to dabble in the pure 64-Bit environment
Sure Microsoft couldn't kill the XP beast and the reason being wasn't that it was an out of control animal, but it was quite tame and controllable. Stick with the the Service Packs, do the weekly updates and keep it virus/exploit free and XP was everything we needed it to be.
I think it will have its place in MS history as one of the best ever Windows platforms that MS bestowed upon us