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Microsoft end support for Windows XP

The countdown until Microsoft ends their support for Windows XP is on. From April 8, 2014, users of the 11 year old operating system will no longer receive security updates or have access to technical support from Microsoft.

We took a look at users of i360 to determine what is happening with XP and other operating systems. In the past month, 93% of visits to i360 have been from Microsoft subscribers and below we can see the software they’re employing:

i360 users on windows

The dominant Microsoft software for i360 users is Windows 7 with 56% of visitors, and the soon to be unsupported XP is the runner up with 28%. The latest system, Windows 8, comes in at second to last with less than 4%.

PC’s supporting Windows XP won’t cease to operate on April 8, 2014, but Microsoft will no longer invest resources to update and maintain the system. There will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates which may expose company data and IP to potential risks, such as:

  •  Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks.
  • Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support.

We are encouraging our customers on XP start to making changeover plans to a modern operating system. Migrating will incur costs but later systems do offer their own ROI as well as productivity and efficiency gains.

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