Next Week – XP No Longer Supported
Next Tuesday, April 8th, Microsoft will no longer support XP. There will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. After 12 years, XP will be laid to rest.
The risks associated with continuing to operate on XP are numerous. Exploits, software vulnerabilities or bugs will be completely ignored, which will leave users of this platform exposed and defenseless against hackers and malicious security threats.
Microsoft typically releases updates in response to an issue or bug that has the potential to be exploited by a hacker. Now that Microsoft will no longer address any of those issues, hackers are free to seek and capitalize on flaws in the operating system code, which places all users of XP at risk.
That notwithstanding, there are a significant number of businesses continuing to use XP as their primary operating system. While the cost and potential disruption of upgrading your systems can be daunting, the risk of complacency can be devastating. Careful planning and implementation will mitigate downtime, data and productivity loss and allow for an easier transition to the new operating systems that are currently available.
If your company is currently running any XP machines, it’s time to upgrade. Reduce the vulnerabilities that your company is exposed to and protect your network.