The world’s longest-ever supported operating system, Windows XP, has been set a retirement date: April 8, 2014.
That doesn’t mean all Windows XP will stop working from April 8, 2014 onwards, but it does mean that newly discovered security holes will not be patched by Microsoft.
Many customers of ARBA Retail Systems have already completed their move away from Windows XP to either Windows 7 or Windows 8, and most are well into executing their plan to migrate. At a minimum, all IT departments are aware of the Windows XP retirement date, and know that action needs to be taken to avoid leaving their systems vulnerable and insecure.
If you’re curious what end of support actually means for users, try imaging Windows XP as a city and Microsoft as the police force. From April 8th, 2014 Microsoft, as the “police”, will stop investigating crimes or making arrests on new criminals in your city. The result is that, over time, the operating system will become increasingly insecure for users.
The end of support date is when Microsoft will no longer provide automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance. Without Microsoft support, you will no longer receive security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software that can steal your personal information.
If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months. If you haven’t already, you should begin migration planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support, and ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office,.
A fun fact, did you know XP stands for Experience?