The moment a new technology is launched, the countdown to the time when it becomes obsolete starts immediately. Thirteen years after it became Microsoft's chief operating system, Windows XP is now staring down its own fate.
On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will terminate extended support for the operating system, nearly five years to the day after ending mainstream support.
What does this mean for XP users?
"End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance," according to Microsoft. "This is the time to make sure you have the latest available update or service pack installed. 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."
In other words, it will be time for enterprise users to abandon Windows XP and turn toward either Windows 7 or Windows 8, or else risk what MSPmentor calls "zero-day XP attacks" by hackers who may plan to attack any machines that are still running XP come April 2014.
Enterprises should have already have been planning well in advance for this transition, as they've known for years when Microsoft would stop supporting the operating system. But what if they haven't? Or what if they've started the process, but are unsure of the next steps?
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