I'm definitely not a fan of Microsoft but I have to commend them for supporting XP for this long. 13 years is a long time for a company to support any product, much less a tech product. What other companies offer you a 13 year warranty? Your response is going to be: I should get updates because Microsoft is making them anyway for other companies. Sorry, you're not entitled to anything at this point. Also, you call this "MS's extortion gambit". When will MS cease to run an "extortion gambit"? Do you expect them to keep supporting XP into the 2020s? 2030s? I challenge you to think of more than one or two companies that support their software for more than 13 years.MS's extortion gambit has worked, the UK government has paid them bug bucks for 1 more year of XP updates.
Google killed off Chrome Frame support.What if you use IE8 with Chrome Frame? Is that safe?
Heck I'd rather just use a good Linux distro at that point, dodge the Googleware and be less web-dependent. Although, reading posts from users like indian-art drives me away from that option. Ack! I mean really... use LibreOffice but it falls directly under the category of "Well, at least it's free". When I look at how many years of heavy use I get out of an OS license, Windows isn't really that expensive. I spend more on RAM than I do on Windows, and that doesn't even count the occasional middle-of-lifecycle upgrade....or just get a Chromebook/box. under $200 to start with double the specs; sometimes even triple depending how dug in you are, nice long battery life and natural resistance to malware