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A recent tweet by @StackStatus reads:

Stack Exchange will be offline for a few hours tomorrow while we upgrade our web servers from Windows XP.

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This can't be accurate?

This post seems to contradict that.

Furthermore, if this is some kind of joke, it seems in poor taste considering that @StackStatus is used for actual status updates to the network.

Late ?

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    Ha! Be glad they updated. They were running Windows 98 until the year before last. Anybody remember Windows 98? – Pëkka Apr 8 '14 at 13:25
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    This is just more proof of the awesomeness that is Windows XP. – Stijn Apr 8 '14 at 13:54
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    Microsoft should have killed Vista first. – Malachi Apr 8 '14 at 15:25
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    Hey, I just got an awesome email from some poor guy in Nigeria who needs help transferring some money out of the country. Now, I'm kinda stuck right now and I can't help him out. Maybe you can? He said he'd make it worth your while. Just gimme your email address and I'll forward his mail to you. – Won't Apr 8 '14 at 19:01
  • Oh, totally man. Just have him tranfer the funds to my credit card: Superfied Credit Union, account number 5675 116 116 1352, exp. 13/02 – Michael Irigoyen Apr 8 '14 at 19:18
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Please don't make fun of us man, we're doing the best we can here. We just never got around to upgrading before.

Edit: For those that still don't get it, this was a joke in honor of Windows XP EOL today. We obviously use the more lightweight Windows ME on those servers.

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    Excellent. Do you have a timeline for phasing out Trumpet Winsock? – Frédéric Hamidi Apr 8 '14 at 13:29
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    @FrédéricHamidi settle down buddy, one major upgrade at a time, alright? – Nick Craver Apr 8 '14 at 13:31
  • So you say this post was wrong from the very first revision that claimed "Operating System Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition x64", probably based on this blog post? Jeff did say "Here are the specifications for what will eventually become the dedicated stackoverflow.com server" but still... – ShaWiz Apr 8 '14 at 13:37
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    Now, Nick, can you please upgrade our PHP framework? Because, c'mon... – Sklivvz Apr 8 '14 at 13:49
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    Can I finally get Photoshop plz? I'm sick 'n tired of Paint. – Jin Apr 8 '14 at 13:54
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    @ShadowWizard eventually = 6 to 8 years. – Stijn Apr 8 '14 at 14:05
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    Can the next one be getting my dev workstation off of Windows ME? – Ben Collins Apr 8 '14 at 14:12
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    @Stijn - 6 to 8 years? I didn't realize SE was quite that progressive. That's almost an aggressive schedule there... – GlenH7 Apr 8 '14 at 14:35
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    @NickCraver So that MSO post that says you're using Server 2012 is.. Wrong? – ɥʇǝS Apr 8 '14 at 14:41
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    Well played Nick, guess that StackStatus was held as something too serious to be used to trick us. – ShaWiz Apr 8 '14 at 14:52
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    Have you also upgrade the RAM or is it still 640k? – devnull Apr 8 '14 at 14:53
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    Okay, now I am completely confused. What do you use? Server 2012, XP or ME? – ɥʇǝS Apr 8 '14 at 16:27

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