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Windows XP deadline: Microsoft’s statement

Microsoft has published a statement concerning the end of Windows XP support. Key points for business users are:

  • Support for Windows XP ended on Tuesday 8th April 2014, which means there will be no more security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates for Windows XP from Microsoft.
  • Support is also ending for Office 2003, Exchange 2003 and SharePoint 2003.
  • The biggest challenge facing Windows XP users moving forward is security. Windows XP was launched in 2001 and was not designed to protect users from today’s risks. Without critical Windows XP security updates, PCs may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software. Microsoft says that its research shows that anti-virus software protection is not sufficient when the underlying operating system is not being patched.
  • Microsoft has made a free, downloadable tool called the Windows Upgrade Assistant available, which can advise you if a PC can be upgraded to Windows 8.1.
  • If you’re a business owner and still have PCs and systems running Windows XP, Microsoft recommends you visit its commercial end of support page which provides useful information and resources to help you to get the benefits of migrating your Windows XP PCs to a modern operating system.

Read the full statement.

•Date: 9th April 2014 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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