Windows XP is an operating system produced by
Microsoft for use on personal computers,
including home and business desktops, laptops,
and media centers. It was released in 2001. The
name "XP" is short for "eXPerience."
Windows XP is the successor to both Windows 2000
Professional and Windows Me, and is the first
consumer-oriented operating system produced by
Microsoft to be built on the Windows NT kernel
The most common editions of the operating system are as Windows XP Home Edition, which is targeted at home users, and Windows XP Professional, which offers additional features such as support for Windows Server domains and two physical processors, and is targeted at power users, business and enterprise clients.