Countdown to the end of Windows XP support in 2014


Windows XP and Office 2003 will no longer be supported as of April 8, 2014, according to a new report at Computerworld. This is a gentle reminder to corporate customers that support for Windows XP and the Office 2003 productivity suite will no longer be offered--Microsoft will stop shipping security updates for the two products.

When support lapses in two years, Windows XP will be crowned the longest-supported operating system from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT); it will have been maintained for 12 years and five months, more than the 11 years and five months for Windows NT. Given the steady stream of security-related patches that still affect Windows XP from time to time, a cessation of all security updates will effectively mean that Windows XP machines will be very unsafe to use.

Yet despite an increasing exodus away from Windows XP, one could be excused for being pessimistic given the still strong 46.5 percent market share of the aging operating system as of December 2011. Indeed, earlier surveys have determined that some users plan to continue using Windows XP even after it is retired.

For its part, Microsoft has consistently urged both consumers and businesses not to wait for Windows 8 to upgrade from XP, though this advice could fall on deaf ears given the upcoming release of Windows 8 in fewer than six months.

For more:
- check out this article at Computerworld

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