End of Support for Windows XP

What is meant by this?
it means you should take action as soon as possible. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer. PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system – such as Windows 8.1 – so that you can receive regular security updates to protect their computer from malicious attacks.

What is “End of XP support”?

After 12 years Microsoft’s support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. Customers moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities.

What are the Main risks of staying with Windows XP?

 Running Windows XP SP3 in your environment after April 8, 2104 may expose  you to many potential risks, such as these topics:
 Security issue:
 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.
 Compliance issue:
 Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA may find  that they are no longer able to satisfy compliance requirements. 
 Lack of Independent Software Vendor i.e. (ISV)  Support:
 Many software vendors will no longer support their products running on  Windows XP as they are unable to receive Windows XP updates. For example,  the new Office takes advantage of the modern Windows and will not run on  Windows XP.
 problem related to Hardware Manufacturer  support:
 Most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on existing  and new hardware. This will also mean that drivers required to run Windows XP  on new hardware may not be available.

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Satyendra is a Biotechnologist from the city of Nawabs, Lucknow. Apart from blogging, his other interests are Indian rap knowledge, affiliate marketing, poetry, and basically anything nerdy.

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