After 13 years as one of the world’s most widely used operating systems, Microsoft is finally ending support for Windows XP.
Windows XP still holds around 27% market share according to Netmarketshare, but the operating system is now very old and after pushing back the end support date numerous times, Microsoft is finally telling those still using the software that it is time to move on.
Consumer PCs and laptops have not been sold with Windows XP for many years, but in a business environment XP remains popular as IT departments have had more than a decade to iron out any issues with their internal setup. Moreover, XP was widely used for inbuilt systems in financial and government infrastructure with the ageing OS still powering ATMs and digital timetables and advertising displays around the globe.
Whilst XP will still work today, end of support means that users running the OS are more vulnerable to attacks as Microsoft and Microsoft will not be offering support of any kind. Moreover, Microsoft has said that they will stop producing anti-malware signatures within 18 months, which means that if a new attack vector is discovered then users will be on their own.
4 thoughts on “Microsoft finally closes the curtain on Windows XP”
As Great Britain is paying MS to keep up security the patches will be availiable,otherwise,perhaps consider linux,but take the time to let micosoft know you are leaving their nonsense new systems behind and going free/open source.
I spent most of the day yesterday copying all data that I wanted to keep onto an external hard drive. Now I’m on laptop only. No more desk top. will keep tower though in case I missed something. I generally keep all important data on the external, just for safe keeping.
That’s okay, because I’m closing the curtain on Microsoft.
As a side note. don’t throw out your XP machine, because mine’s working perfectly and I haven’t had any of their “support” for years.
nope not throwing it away. will be a spare. a year or so from now all the idiots out there will move on to something else to pick on, and I’ll have an operating system they forgot all about. That’s my plan anyway.