Windows XP launched in 2001 and after thirteen years, Microsoft has decided to end support for this operating system. Currently with the second most install base (behind Windows 7), Microsoft’s decision will have an impact on many businesses and consumers. If your business is using Windows XP, how does this affect you?
After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide the following:
- New security updates
- Non-security hotfixes
- Free or paid assisted support options
- Online technical content updates
However, Microsoft did state that it will continue to provide anti-virus definition updates for Microsoft Security Essentials on Windows XP until July 14, 2015. If you continue to use Windows XP after April 8, 2014, you will be vulnerable to security and compliance risks. With Windows XP no longer supported, it becomes difficult to know if security flaws are being exploited. Also, using an unsupported operating system may be an issue in certain industries where regulation requires software to be updated with patches and fixes.
Still unsure if you should move away from Windows XP? Here are a few more reasons:
- XP drivers for new hardware may not be available after April 8, 2014.
- Computer maintenance expenses are lower with newer technology.
- New software programs are being written for Windows 7 and 8, not XP.
- Windows 7 runs in 64-bit mode, which is more efficient and new software takes advantage of this.
So what are your next steps?
- Audit your desktops and laptops and see how many of them use Windows XP.
- Decide if you want to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.
- Check your software and hardware to see if you need to update them with the OS upgrade.
April 8th is fast approaching, so contact your IT partner if you have any questions.
Posted on March 4, 2014 by Rick Danek | Permalink