Windows XP – The End Of An Era

Windows XP – The End Of An Era

After a 12-year reign as the most successful version of Windows, on April 8th, 2014 Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. Some have called it the XPocalypse while others hail it as something long overdue and a necessary step in the evolution of the Windows family. Which side of the fence you land on will likely depend on whether you stand to gain or lose from this event. Either way, this will be a major event since as of last count, there are still an estimated 200 million XP users around the world.   So, if you’re still running Windows XP, what does this mean to you? Well for starters these machines will not stop working on April 8th—that’s the good news. You can continue to use XP for as long as you choose but that comes with some potentially big risks. The bad news is that when Microsoft ends XP support, they will stop issuing patches for any vulnerabilities discovered by hackers. Hackers constantly look for new security holes to exploit and with no remedies coming from Microsoft, they are likely to target Windows XP heavily. My suspicion is that they are quietly sitting on stacks of exploits that they will unleash right after the April 8th deadline.   Options for moving forward. The safest course of action is upgrading to a newer (supported) operating system. The two mainstream Operating Systems from Microsoft are Windows 7 and Windows 8. Both options are available as upgrades to Windows XP but you must make sure that the hardware you own supports these newer operating systems. The cost for upgrading...