Support For Windows XP To End A Year From Now

  • End support on April 8, 2014
  • Use at your own risk
  • No direct upgrade path

Microsoft has just announced that it will soon end support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2013 exactly one year from now.

  • End support on April 8, 2014
  • Use at your own risk
  • No direct upgrade path

Microsoft has just announced that it will soon end support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2013 exactly one year from now.

Windows XP which still runs around 40% of all desktops and laptops worldwide according to data from Net Applications’ NetMarketShare was first launched in October 2001 and since then has become one of the most widely used versions of Windows in Microsoft’s history.

Microsoft has already ended mainstream support for XP back in April 2009 and is just providing extended support for commercial customers and security updates for all customers. After April 8, 2014, the company will completely stop providing support for the OS and explains to customers that using XP is an “at your own risk” situation and that delaying migration to a more updated OS will be costlier as time passes by.

Of course the next logical step for Microsoft is to offer either Windows 7 or Windows 8. However, there are still businesses that feel that Windows XP still works well for them, so it will be interesting if Microsoft would stand firm with its decision to cut off all updates for XP.

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