The official “end of life” for Windows XP, when Microsoft will cease to offer support for Windows XP will be April 8, 2014. Although you can still use your Windows XP, Microsoft wants its users to move from the 12 year old operating system to a more current alternative (Windows 7 is preferred for non-touch enabled PC’s).
Although April 8th is the official “end of life” date, Windows has recently announced that it will continue to provide updates to its security products for Windows XP through July 15, 2015. Support will still end on April 8, 2014, but Microsoft will be providing limited security updates, for an additional 15 months.
The main reasons for moving from Windows XP are:
There will be NO support from Microsoft.
No feature patches or updates will be provided to the OS beyond the limited security updates.
- Internet Explorer updates/patches will be most missed as this browser is a huge target for Hackers.
There are other risks to staying with XP:
Soon, companies that made software for XP will also end their support.
- Software companies will have no reason to develop or support their applications on XP
- Most third party software vendors will no longer test their software against XP, so there will be no guarantees that software upgrades/updates will work well with Windows XP
Security software vendors are likely to stop updating, patching and supporting their software.
If you are regulated by HIPAA or PCI, you will likely be Non-Compliant.
- “end-of-life” for the OS well be interpreted as not being HIPAA compliant
Banks and credit unions still on XP will also be considered Non-Compliant with payment card industry guidelines.
Microsoft stresses that the effectiveness of anti-malware on the out-of-support OS is limited. While the extended date for updates to its security products for Windows XP is helpful to users, the bottom line is that using the old OS is still putting yourself at risk.
If you have additional questions, contact us to discuss options for updating your hardware.