Apple does this, too, with its OS X system for Mac computers, though it doesn't announce end dates for older versions as Microsoft does. Unlike Microsoft, Apple now offers upgrades for free.
Q. Don't ATMs, retail payment systems, medical devices and other gadgets also run XP? What are my options?
A. Check with the manufacturer. MacDonald says there are two types of XP for so-called embedded systems, one of which will receive support until January 2016.
Microsoft blog post: http://bit.ly/1kmVCaQ
XP checker and options: http://amirunningxp.com
Windows 8 upgrade: http://bit.ly/1mQBzCe
Other upgrade resources: