The day has come. As of today, Microsoft will no longer offer support for the Windows XP operating system. This has been a long time coming, as the operating system is now 12 years old, and two newer operating systems have come out since, with Windows 7 and Windows 8.
The end of support means that Microsoft will no longer provide tech support, but more importantly it won’t release additional security updates. That means any exploits will remain open, clearing the way for viruses, malware, and malicious intruders. In effect, the operating system will become ever more dangerous to use as time passes.
So if you or anyone you know is still using XP, it’s time to make the switch.
In an announcement, Microsoft wrote, “Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.”