Today is a milestone in the IT world, as Microsoft will release its final security update for Windows XP. This doesn't mean the operating system will suddenly stop working at the end of the day, but it will no longer be receiving automatic security updates. This opens up the system to an increased possibility of cyber attack and the inability to combat new threats.
XP has been on the market for 13 years and the end of support is something that Microsoft has been warning users about since September of 2007. Despite and several new versions of the Window's operating systems being released, there are still organizations that are using it.
However, some groups have found a workaround that doesn't involve upgrading, at least for the time being. An article from ZDNet profiled the government of the Netherlands, which has reached a multimillion Euro deal with Microsoft to keep supporting the system. As many as 40,000 Dutch national government civil servants are still using Windows XP machines. An update of these systems is not scheduled until January of 2015.
According to an article from PCWorld, the United Kingdom paid the company $9.22 million to receive an additional year of support. In a statement from Microsoft, it said that while many customers have already completed their migrations, others with complex XP solutions may not be ready in time.
"To help those customers, we offer Custom Support for Windows XP as a temporary, last resort to help bridge the gap during a migration process to a modern OS, as the newest technologies provide the optimal chance to be and stay secure," the statement said. "We are sure that our customers are taking the necessary steps to protect their customers."
Updating a computer system like this is easier said than done. Many organizations will lean on VARs and MSPs for support when it comes to deploying a new computer system. VAR Staffing helps solution providers find and recruit the impactful talent that is needed to make a difference.