Countdown: 1 year to the end of Windows XP support

One year from today ends an era in computing.

On April 8th, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP completely. On that day the last of security [and possible non-security] updates will be released and then that’s it.

There will most likely be no more updates from Microsoft – security or non-security.

[As a side note, Internet Explorer 6 will officially die but those using Windows Server 2003 will still have a bit of extra time.]

If you are using Windows XP, it will still function the day after, the month after, and the year after. The OS is not time bombed. [Would you believe even some IT people think that Windows XP won’t function after that date? So much for being “professional”!]

Your chances of a security issue will increase, however, as there won’t be any further security updates. Malware writers will know this and concentrate on Windows XP users as they will be easy pickings.

Easy pickings also because most software won’t be supported from third party software companies either. If a new vulnerability is discovered in Windows or unsupported third party software, they will try to exploit it.

For example, Symantec, Kaspersky and others may still provide anti-virus definitions because they are required to [you paid them for a complete year] but don’t expect any further program updates. Also at one point, they will drop support for Windows XP products completely.

Using Google Chrome bowser, Firefox or Safari? Chances are they won’t be updated after that date as well [especially Google Chrome browser].

What happens if your printer dies in 15 months? Unless you manage to find a printer that came out [way] before next April, the software included won’t work with Windows XP.

Already some software companies have stopped supporting Windows XP. Avid and Adobe [among others] have some software products that won’t work with windows XP [and even Windows Vista].

While at it, Office 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 will also have no support this time next year. Windows Server 2003 have no support on July 14, 2015.

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