Microsoft has announced that it is ending support of Windows XP on April 8, 2014 after supporting the aging operating system for twelve years.
After April 8, Microsoft will no longer offer any security updates or technical support for XP, and is recommending that users who still run the operating system switch to a newer, more modern system such as Windows 8.1.
Users who still elect to keep Windows XP after Microsoft ends support should know that they will be leaving their computers more vulnerable to attacks from third parties, viruses, spyware, and malware. According to Microsoft, users who upgrade to a modern version of Windows will see dramatically increased security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities.
Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer, and a modern operating system can better protect users from malicious attacks via frequent security updates. Keeping all programs and apps up-to-date will also protect users from cyber threats.
Visit the Microsoft website to learn more information on operating systems and security updates at www.microsoft.com .