Microsoft has announced that it will end its support of Windows XP on April 8, 2014. As you know, Microsoft introduced life-cycle support in 2002 for all its products, which included Windows OS for a minimum period of 10 years. As mentioned, XP’s days are numbered and after April 8th, there will be no support for new security updates, non- security hot-fixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.
What does it mean and how does it impact you?
As a potential user of computers where OS is based on Windows XP, you will now be allowing vulnerabilities into your IT ecosystem that might threaten your business. On the other hand, Microsoft will be completely out of loop. Meanwhile, cyber criminals will work on windows updates that let them identify loopholes, therefore breaking the security gateway of Windows XP.
Also, third-party application vendors will stop supporting corresponding updates. If you have those applications installed without further support, it could lead to a multitude of threats.
Per industry experts, the anti-virus software companies realize the potential for increasing cyber threats and are developing advanced anti-virus software for newer versions of operating systems, which definitely won’t work in an outdated OS. In this case, Windows XP would be outdated.
It’s time to start moving to a newer operating system version because hackers are waiting for April 8th. You don’t want to expose your confidential data to threats for around 18-32 months, which is the average time it takes for enterprise OS deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows, you should begin your planning immediately to ensure you deploy before the deadline.
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