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Microsoft ends Windows XP support: Why it’s time you upgraded
Windows XP support ends on 8 April.

Microsoft ended software support for Windows XP yesterday. This basically means that after 13 years, the Windows XP joyride is over and Microsoft is insisting that you move on to Windows 7 or more preferably Windows 8.1.

It should be noted that you can still install Windows XP and activate it on a PC but the computer won’t receive any security updates.

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The countdown is continuing toward Microsoft’s end of support for its Windows XP operating system.

 

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In case the date hasn’t already been burned into your brain, April 8, 2014 is the day on which Microsoft will cease providing any kind of patches or fixes, including security fixes, to its nearly 12-year-old Windows XP operating system.

Company officials continue to insist that there won’t be any last-minute reprieves this time, despite the fact that market share for XP still hovers around 29 percent. Microsoft has given its partners their marching orders: Get XP users to move off the OS.

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Windows XP drops out of extended support on April 8, 2014. As of April 9, 2014, there will be no more security updates or other fixes made for the ancient operating system.

Joining it are Internet Explorer 6 on Windows XP, Office 2003, and Exchange Server 2003. Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 will also end support on that day, but newer Service Packs will continue to be supported. Naturally, this also includes “Windows XP Mode” in Windows 7 and other virtualized solutions.

About 38 percent of Internet users are still using Windows XP. It’s unlikely that all of them will switch to Windows 7, Windows 8, or some other platform entirely by this time a year from now. It’s likely that some or all of them will see their computers exploited by malware as a result.

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