It is said that 'all good things must come to an end'. Think: the reign of disco music, the popularity of mullets, compelling television on HBO.
Soon, Microsoft will be adding Windows XP support to that list. Soon means April 8, 2014.
As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will not offer any further updates via Windows Update. With security updates providing the front lines in the battle against malicious code, XP will be relegated to the sidelines of business computing. After all, XP is already the preferred target of coders looking to attack systems for plunder and profit.
With rootkits, trojan horses, malware and viruses (not virii) all having sights set on XP faithful who make up 32% of the installed user base (according to StatCounter), there will need to be a substantial number of upgrades in the next 23 months.
Microsoft has had great success with Windows 7 and the software behemoth looks forward to taking back some of Apple's momentum in October with their Windows 8 offering. By creating a user interface that works the same from phones to tablets to laptops and desktops.
If your organization is looking for guidance regarding a migration from Windows XP, please contact a Responsive consultant
for your most effective options.