WINDOWS XP TO RETIRE FOREVER

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Well, do you see that familiar blue screen when you start your Windows XP? After 12 long years, 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.

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 or Windows 7 to be precise, so that users can receive regular security updates to protect their computer from malicious attacks.

Also, support for Office 2003 products is ending on April 8, 2014. After this date, Office 2003 products will no longer receive the following:-

  • Assisted support
  • Online content updates
  • Software updates from Microsoft Update
  • Security updates to help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information.
  • Although you will still be able to start and run Office 2003 or Office XP after this date, you may want to upgrade to a newer version of Office to get continuing support and updates.

Microsoft has announced this that it will continue to provide anti-malware support for Windows XP until July 2015, a little over one year after its end-of-life date on April 8. The company will release signatures that will be used to identify and ward off malware for Windows XP systems. These signatures will continue to be delivered to Windows systems running various Microsoft security and management products. This includes users running its free Microsoft Security Essentials, marking a change in thinking for Microsoft, who had previously said that Security Essentials would lose support on April 8.

Company officials had previously warned that Microsoft would not provide patch support for Windows XP after April 8, and that the continued used of the operating system would expose it to zero-day attacks from hackers and malware. That message has not changed, despite the introduction of the signatures. Third party vendors have come to the aid of Windows XP users. Kaspersky Labs will provide antimalware support for Windows XP through 2018 for consumers and through the latter half of 2016 for business users. Trend Micro is promising Windows XP support through January 30, 2017.

So, Microsoft wants to do away with Windows XP because their view is that today’s technology is being advanced faster and quicker as compared to technology advancement when the OS was released in 2001. Currently, Windows XP share in the market is close to 30%, with Windows 7 leading the list with 50.47%. Vista, Windows 8 and 8.1 have their market shares in single digits. This is the reason why Microsoft is pushing the XP users to use either Vista or Windows 8 or 8.1 because it has new features and security is more compared to XP.

So, XP users please do read this article and try to upgrade your computer or buy a new PC. Please note the following below:-

After the end of support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, an unofficial fourth service pack(SP), which has been developed by an individual, can now be downloaded to aid the ageing OS. This patch was released on August 26, 2014, just four months after the demise of Windows XP. The SP has been rolled up with every official Microsoft update of XP into an unofficial package. Windows XP Unofficial SP4 is now in its third beta, with work on a release candidate in progress. Microsoft’s last official service pack came in 2008 and while Microsoft continued to deliver security updates until April 8, it has not rolled all those updates into a single package. 

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More importantly, Service Pack 4 includes additional security fixes that are not technically part of Windows XP, but are instead intended for ATMs and sale machines, who are still running the aging OS. It is possible to keep getting these security updates through a registry hack, but the unofficial SP4 enables this hack by default and bakes in all of its previous fixes. It can be downloaded easily from the Softpedia website.

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