The time of Windows XP is coming to an end very soon. From 8th of April, 2014, Microsoft will officially stop providing security updates and technical assistance for XP users. The same thing is true is you’re using Office 2003.
Why does support end?
According to Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle Policy, they are supporting every operation system for a minimum of 10 years. It’s been 12 years since Microsoft has supported Windows XP and Office 2013. Therefore, on the 8th of April, security updates and technical support will officially end.
What does this mean for Windows XP users?
“It means you should take action.” And it’s true. You can still use Windows XP and Office 2003 after 8th April, but you will not receive any new security updates and free or paid technical assistance. However, you will still get updates for Windows Security Essentials for some time, but if you’re not using it, won’t be able to download it after 8 April.
What can you do?
First, you can upgrade your operating system. Windows 7 is the next stable version after XP (don’t even try Windows Vista!). The most up to date version of Microsoft Windows is 8.1. The system requirements are a bit higher than that of Windows XP, but not so much you can’t install it on a low-end computer.
You can also try a Linux distribution (which are free by the way!), however, if you use your computer for some kind of design work, you won’t be able to run certain software, such as Adobe Photoshop or Maxon Cinema4D.
You can also buy a new laptop or PC. Computers are a lot cheaper than they were 5 or 10 years ago. It is also really worth buying an up to date performance computer to be more productive and put your experience to the next level.
You can read more about the migration on Microsoft’s official website.
How long have you used Windows XP? Are you still using it now? What will you do after 8 April 2014?
Thanks for reading.