XP Needs to Die
XP Needs to Die: it's a fifth wheel that has stuck around because it's more lightweight than anything else Microsoft has released (besides maybe server core), and runs most all the applications people use. Windows 7 brought bloat, eye candy, and features barely anyone used such as bit locker, but it wasn't all that much better than XP. XP's default theme was ugly, but that was easily turned off. The idea that Windows 7 is more secure than XP remains to be debated, as I have seen just as many infected Windows 7 machines as XP machines. Is UAC security? No, it isn't. Microsoft's "numbers" say otherwise, but I don't trust anything that comes out of that company, code included.
It would make sense for MS to have an OS in place for XP users to jump to besides Windows 8.1 Update 1. They're continuing the feudalistic app store model with the ugly preschool-esque 4-bit color Modern tiles, and there's still no Start menu. From the leaks, it looks like the entire Modern shit will continue to take over a user's screen when the Start button is pressed. Microsoft apparently doesn't understand that the whole bifurcated user experience is something many people don't want, and that there are millions of people out there who don't want to deal with Modern whatsoever.
The beauty of Linux or BSD, is that you can customize your system however you want; you don't have a company foisting old school tactics on you, saying how you will use your computer, and forcing you to interact with it in a specific way. Yes, Windows doesn't need to be as customizable as Linux for the consumer market, but they have it so locked down, going for the whole totalitarian-we-are-god-embrace-extend-extinguish mentality, that it's sickening.
Guess what, Microsoft, "Embrace, extend and extinguish" doesn't work anymore. Fuck you, and you can flush your shitty ass operating system right down the toilet.