Last night , at midnight PST , Microsoft ended support for Windows XP.
While 12 years may seem an appropriate length of time to support a software product in today’s fast-changing world, this decision will have a major impact on the business operations of many companies whose IT infrastructure is based on the retiring operating system.
Through necessity, work arounds can likely be created for any technical issues that arise after this date. Of significantly more concern is the end of security updates. Without security updates, vulnerabilities exploited by malware will not be corrected. According to Microsoft, “PCs running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, should not be considered to be protected.” For any organization, whether large or small, this means increasingly greater risk over time of having servers successfully hacked and sensitive data exposed. What does this mean to IT and users? Again, according to Microsoft, “It means you should take action.”
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