Microsoft has decided to stop providing support for its popular operating system, Windows XP, after a 12-year successful run. Technical assistance that helps protect your PC will end for all individual and professional subscribers across the world beginning April 8. Microsoft's decision to end their Windows XP support has created ripples across the globe as a study shows the OS still makes up for almost 30% of the desktop market. "Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences," Microsoft said in a statement.
What is Windows XP end of support? Microsoft provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time came for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences. As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.
Microsoft has also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP. If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you'll continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time. However, please note that Microsoft Security Essentials (or any other antivirus software) will have limited effectiveness on PCs that do not have the latest security updates. This means that PCs running Windows XP will not be secure and will still be at risk for infection.
What happens if I continue to use Windows XP? If you continue to use Windows XP now that support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Internet Explorer 8 is also no longer supported, so if your Windows XP PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 8 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.
Listen up, XP users: Stuff’s about to get real. Okay, all you Windows XP users – and, by now, you know who you are. The security threat to your computer could get uncomfortably real next week. Microsoft is set to release its next series of routine security patches on Tuesday, and for the first time, it won’t be releasing any patches for the 13-year-old operating system known as Windows XP, according to veteran security blogger Graham Cluley. “In all probability,” Cluley warned on his blog today, “there will be Windows vulnerabilities fixed on that day which will remain unpatched on the unloved Windows XP platform.” “And it would be no surprise at all if malicious hackers reverse-engineered Microsoft’s fixes and explored how to exploit on Windows XP security flaws that are fixed on the likes of Windows 7.”
It’s not that XP users haven’t been warned. As we’ve reported before, Microsoft has been telling everyone for months that, as of this spring, it would no longer issue security updates for the aging, but still widely used XP version of its flagship Windows operating system – even though XP is still running on tens of millions of personal computers around the world. But Microsoft backtracked from its self-imposed April 8 deadline, when it responded last week to a new and dangerous vulnerability involving its Internet Explorer web browser. Microsoft distributed a set of software patches to fix that problem on May 1, and it deemed the threat so severe that it decided to include a patch for computers running Explorer on XP.
As a Microsoft security official noted, the company is still encouraging users to upgrade to a newer, more secure operating system. And now Cluley is arguing that it’s time for Microsoft to show some tough love. Providing further patches for XP is only encouraging people to put off a needed upgrade, he writes. “I’m not saying it’s going to be pretty,” Cluley added, but: “It’s time for the world to get rid of Windows XP. And it’s time for Microsoft to make an honest clean break and not release any more fixes for XP.”
For those of you who claim that you can't afford to upgrade your computer but have a smart phone. Do you spend hundreds of dollars each year on the latest smart phone, which sometimes only has a few upgrades from last year’s model? Window XP was released 13 years ago. Microsoft has released three newer operating systems since then. For those of you who don't like the newer operating systems, aren’t there some features on every new phone that you don't like or must get used to? If you can afford a new phone, you can afford a new version of Windows. Even a whole new computer can be bought for less than your new phone (without an upgrade or new contract). Either upgrade your computer or deal with the hackers.
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