Windows XP End of Support
We use our computers for many different reasons. Some use it for casual use like email, browsing and shopping, others for school, and some for business. Everyone has one common denominator when it comes to their files and information… we want it to be secure and safe.
If you are using Windows XP… the following information is VITAL to you.
In 2001, Windows XP was launched, and went on to become Microsoft’s most popular operating system of its time, but a lot has changed since 2001. Nearly 12 years later, technology has evolved leaps and bounds, along with the needs and expectations of those who use it.
This natural evolution of technology is what is at the heart of Microsoft’s product lifecycle policy. A year from now will mark the final milestone for Windows XP – that of its end of support date. Starting April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide support for Windows XP users. This means that customers and partners will no longer receive security updates to the operating system or be able to leverage tech support from Microsoft after this time.
Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is unsupported. If your current PC meets the system requirements for Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can buy Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 Pro from a local retailer or Microsoft Certified Partner. If your PC does not meet system requirements, consider purchasing a new business PC with Windows 8 Pro.
SMBs can take advantage of the Get2Modern campaign by upgrading their existing Windows XP Professional machines to Windows 8 Pro and Office Standard 2013 at a 15% discount through June 30. The site also provides important information on how to migrate from Windows XP to a modern operating system.
Check out the Windows for your Business blog for more information!
I was not compensated for posting. I am posting as part of the Windows Champions program. I was given the loan of a laptop as well as opportunities to review other products.