Support for Windows XP Operating System Is Ending in April 2014
What This Means if You use Windows XP
Microsoft announced that as of April 8, 2014 support will end for Windows XP and Office 2003. If you have a computer that uses Windows XP software, this end of support will have negative repercussions on your operating system. All experts recommend upgrading to a newer Windows operating system.
Without support for Windows XP, there will be no security fixes. This means your computer and personal information could be at risk.
Currently if you have problems with your Windows XP operating system, you can call an expert and receive advice. There will no longer be technical support for Windows XP as of April 2014, which can create a bit of a challenge if you have computer troubles.
You know how your computer will periodically run Windows updates? Well, these updates are not only updating, they are also protecting your computer from harmful viruses and hackers. When support ends, these security fixes that protect your computer from the latest malware will no longer be available, and your security will be outdated.
Security expert Jason Fossen from a security training company called SANS, reported that cybercriminals are already preparing for “zero day,” the day support no longer exists for Windows XP. Cybercriminals who have discovered Windows XP vulnerabilities are “sitting” on them and waiting to release them when support is no longer available. Likely, there will be a wave of attacks on Windows XP machines.
Windows XP will not be able to run the latest versions of Microsoft Office or any other 3rd party programs.
Windows XP can currently run the latest software and programs because software is programmed to be compatible with Windows XP. After April 2014, however, new programs will no longer be made to be compatible with Windows XP. If you are looking to purchase any new programs, they may not work on the Windows XP operating system. We already know that Office 2013, the latest version of Microsoft Office, will not run on Windows XP systems.
Why it is beneficial for businesses to upgrade from Windows XP
If you are running Windows XP at your place of business it is more beneficial for you to upgrade than to stay with Windows XP. Here’s why:
- The cost of running Windows XP is more expensive than the cost of running an upgraded Windows operating system. According to an analysis by IDC, “supporting older Windows XP installations, compared with a modern Windows 7-based solution, saddles organizations with a dramatically higher cost. Annual cost per PC per year for Windows XP is $870, while a comparable Windows 7 installation costs $168 per PC per year. That is an incremental $701 per PC per year for IT and end-user labor costs.”
- Your company will be at risk of security breaches if you remain with Windows XP. Every company has confidential information they need to protect. Certain types of companies, like those in healthcare and finance, will need to upgrade operating systems, so their confidential records can’t be breached. To read more about the ramifications of healthcare information breaches, and the legal, financial and operational repercussions read here.
Windows XP has been an available operating system since 2001. Microsoft has offered support for Windows XP for about thirteen years, and has since released Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. To find out how to upgrade your computer from Windows XP to Windows 7 visit Microsoft.com.
If you have Windows XP in your organization, NOW is the time to plan for its replacement. For more information, read HRCT’s blog Final Days of Support for Windows XP.
For help with Windows XP and any other computer and IT needs, contact Eric Schueler with HRCT. (757) 399-3350
Eric O. Schueler, A+, MCP, MCSE, MCTS, CSSA, ACSP – Senior V.P. of Information Technology at HRCT. Eric has been in the business of providing IT and consulting for small and medium business for more than 15 years.
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Sources: blogs.technet.com; welivesecurity.com
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