It’s the end of the XP world as we know it!
That’s right. Microsoft is ending support for the beloved Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. After almost 13 years of domination of the operating system world, we must say good-bye to this old friend.
“WHY???” I hear the cries of the masses. I sympathize with your pain and anguish. I have been supporting XP systems from the start, and I have to tell you that I have loved it. It has been a great OS and a solid business necessity for many years.
Michael Jordan is still considered by many to be the greatest basketball player of all time, but we would not want him on the court with LeBron James today. That is where we are with Windows XP—arguably the best OS of all time, but it has lost a step or two over the last few years. In fact, we at Network People have noticed recently an increased slowness and lag in Windows XP.
However slow it may be or get in the future, that is not the main reason to retire Windows XP in your home or business. With Microsoft announcing that they will not be patching or updating the OS moving forward (“Outside of very critical security flaws”– whatever that means), the expected attacks on Windows XP in April will be incredibly high. By keeping Windows XP in your environment, you are putting your data and your entire network in a very vulnerable position after April 8, 2014.
Windows XP still has almost 30% of the market share. That means that more than 1 out of every 4 PC’s are still running an operating system that is about to be incredibly vulnerable. If you think the Target or Neiman Marcus credit card issue was bad, wait till you expose 30% of all PC’s to hackers who are waiting to steal anything they can get their hands on.
Don’t get caught in the Windows XP apocalypse!
Windows 7 is a solid operating system for business environments. Although Windows 8.1 may not be for everyone because of the shift in the GUI interface, it is also a solid OS and can be used in the majority of business environments as well.
Make the switch! And if you need help, give us a call!