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For Windows XP, the end is nigh

I drive a 12-year-old Ford, and why not? It’s quiet and comfy, and it gets me there.

Lots of people feel the same way about software. Almost 30 percent of the world’s desktop computers run Microsoft Corp.’s Windows XP, an operating system introduced in 2001. About 40 percent of the PCs at The Boston Globe still run XP, and so do 95 percent of the world’s automatic teller machines, according to ATM maker NCR Corp.

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