Apr 13 2012

Still using Windows XP?

Author: Andie Evans

Microsoft has announced the “two year countdown” to the expiry of Windows XP, its longest-lived operating system. They will be ending all support for both Windows XP and Office 2003 on 8th April 2014. On that date, Microsoft will stop publishing security updates for XP and Office 2003. XP went on sale in October 2001 while Office 2003 launched October 2003.

“Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted,” says Stella Chernyak, a Microsoft marketing director.

“We don’t recommend waiting [for the next editions of Windows], not only is it important for companies to complete deployment before support runs out, by upgrading to Windows 7 and Office 2010 today they can gain substantial results while laying the foundation for future versions.”

Microsoft has previously urged XP users to upgrade the operating system, and their PC’s too. In June 2011, a Microsoft manager said it was “time to move on” from Windows XP, while earlier that year an executive on the Internet Explorer team belittled XP as “lowest common denominator” when he explained why the OS wouldn’t run the then-new IE9.

Windows XP losing ground

In the last 12 months, XP has lost nearly 10% of it’s marketplace share, according to an internet usage measurement company. Not surprisingly, Microsoft wants XP users to upgrade to Windows 7 now.

On their website Microsoft was blunt about XP’s ticking clock. “If your organisation has not started the migration to a modern PC, you are late,” Microsoft said, citing data that claimed OS migration programs in businesses take between 18 and 32 months to complete. “We don’t recommend waiting [for the next editions of Windows], not only is it important for companies to complete deployment before support runs out, by upgrading to Windows 7 and Office 2010 today they can gain substantial results while laying the foundation for future versions.” said a Microsoft spokesperson

More information on the impending demise of Windows XP can be found here

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