When a product is created or produced, it has a certain life span. This is because, with time, the technologies change and with that providing support for older products will obviously seem impractical and infeasible. If this is true for any product, it is also true for products developed by Microsoft. Microsoft Corporation has sent a warning to users of Windows XP. The warning says that since support for Windows XP will end after April 8th, 2014, the users will also be losing access to Security Essentials at the same time.
This may come as a shock for many users and businesses but, if you think about it, this is perfectly the right logical step for Microsoft. With, newer and better OS available, Microsoft will need its users to migrate to the latest OS versions. In this way, users can avail the many new and enhanced features provided by the latest OS available in the market. So, though it looks drastic, but it is a perfectly logical and understandable move by Microsoft. Some users, have also started flooding the Windows online support forums with queries on the matter.
The software firm’s official webpage mentioned, “As a result, after April 8th, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date”.
This may be slightly alarming for businesses that are still using Windows XP for their various processes. For that reason, many IT distributors are urging resellers and retailers to migrate from XP to Windows 7 or 8. This includes Tech Data UK and Entatech.
Ellie Farley, Microsoft product specialist at Entatech, said, “Should customers choose to not upgrade to a newer operating system, they could potentially incur future costs to maintain their estate, whilst also becoming vulnerable to malware and spyware attacks, with security risks and viruses also increased”.
But, the Google has stated that it will provide Chrome browser updates for Windows XP users for at least a year after Microsoft ceases its support for the OS. The search giant said that it recognizes that ‘hundreds of millions of users’ still use XP.
For, further clarification on this topic, visit the Windows online support sites. The official Windows online support site provides all the useful information regarding Windows operating systems.
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