Microsoft warns the users of longest-running version of its operating system lineup, Windows XP, that the support ends in April 2014 along with the access to the Security Essentials.
Currently focusing on its Windows 8.1 desktop OS and already announced the date for discontinuing the Windows 7 sales and kept the support service to Windows XP until the next April, which was first shipped 13-years ago, in 2001.
If you are still reading this news on your same old Windows XP running PC, you have to change it as soon as possible as the older operating systems are always has more chance to get the virus, malware and spyware attacks. Many of the Windows XP users choose not to upgrade to avoid the OS cost, but it will lead them to pay more when get attacked by any of the above vulnerabilities and even when data loss occurs.
Microsoft said in the official webpage,
“As a result, after April 8th, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date.”
May IT distributors from US and UK such as Tech Data and Entatech also urging the retailers and resellers to move to the latest version of the operating systems including the most stable OS, Windows 7 as well as Windows 8.
Meanwhile, Google has released a statement, which says that it will keep on providing the updates for its Chrome browsers for Windows XP for at least one more year after Microsoft stops the support, as it knows that the “hundreds of millions of users” still depend on the XP for internet browsing.