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Friday, April 18, 2014

This is the end of Windows XP

Support for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014. 
If you have PCs running XP, you will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. This ends all security updates, hotfixes, driver updates and support. Running Windows XP in your environment after the end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal your business information. 

April 8, 2014 has come and gone, and so has your support for XP. You have three options: 
1. Replace your old XP machines with PCs with newer operating systems
2. Disconnect your XP computers from your business network and internet
3. Keep your XP machines connected and hope for the best

You may be thinking, “But, Windows XP works great for us and we have no hardware issues with our computers, so why should we switch?"

Think about this… On April 8, 2014, Microsoft released the last batch of XP patches and explanations of what they fix. A few days after that, virus writers have deconstructed these patches and discovered the underlying security holes. Then, they release their viruses, ransomware, adware, etc. The next day, thousands of computers are infected by the malware, and even if it is removed and all normal precautions are taken, this virus will infect the computers again and again while the Windows XP PC is being used to access the internet.

Organizations that continue to retain a Windows XP environment not only are leaving themselves exposed to security risks and support challenges but also are wasting budget dollars that would be better used in modernizing their IT investments. Many options exist for businesses considering moving to newer PC operating systems. To understand the best options for your organization, you need a Microsoft Partner who will assess your business needs. 

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