Microsoft terminates technical support and security updates for Windows XP
Victoria, Australia -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/06/2014 -- Change is the only constant thing in this world. With the influx of technological advancements, it only makes sense for operating systems to keep up. Microsoft recently announced that support for Windows XP will terminate on April 8, 2014, after 12 years of support. This means there will be no more security updates or technical support for the said operating system.
Windows XP users will start seeing pop-up windows on March 8 onward. Brandon Leblanc, chief blogger for Microsoft, the popup notification will only be shown to users who opted to receive updates through Windows Update. A link to the Windows XP End of Support website will be included, so the users can be informed about the necessary steps to take to stay protected against security risks and viruses after April 8th. The notification will appear on the 8th of every month unless disabled by the user. Aside from the decommissioning technical assistance and security updates for Windows XP, support for Office 2003 also ends on April 8, 2014.
Users should take action, as PCs running on Windows XP SP3 may become susceptible to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Anti-virus software will likewise be unable to fully protect Windows XP-run PCs. Aside from anti-virus software, many software vendors will no longer support their products on Windows XP, as updates from the operating system (OS) will no longer be received. Most PC hardware manufacturers or OEMs will stop supporting Windows XP on existing and new hardware, as its drivers will not be compatible with Windows XP anymore. Businesses controlled by regulatory obligations, may no longer satisfy compliance requirements.
Banks everywhere are in a critical condition, as there is a need to upgrade ATMs before April 8th. About 95% of American banks use windows XP, and Microsoft cutting technical support and security updates for the OS means the machines will be exposed to possible cyberattacks. If banks do not migrate their ATMs’ OS by April, then customer might be at risk. At the moment, it is unsure whether the software running on the machines will work on Windows 8.
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