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Microsoft Reminds End of Support for Windows XP, Encourages Windows 7 or 8 Migration

By Katrina Canlas - on 12 Mar 2014, 9:58am

Microsoft Reminds End of Support for Windows XP, Encourages Windows 7 or 8 Migration

 

Microsoft reminded its customers that it will be ending its support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. This means that there only less than 30 days remaining until consumers who use Windows XP and Office 2003 will be left without security patches and customer support, which makes them vulnerable to threats and attacks in the virtual space.

Microsoft will no longer provide security and software updates for 12-year-old Windows XP and 10-year-old Office 2003 after April 8, 2014. Customer technical service assistance for Windows XP and Office 2003 will also cease from that day. This means that users will no longer receive the updates that can help protect their PCs from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.

Most PC users don't recognize these security threats, thinking that they will never be a target of hackers. However, in reality, the personal information that we divulge throughout the years can be valuable payloads to hackers. In a recent Microsoft report, it has been found that Windows XP SP3 to be 5.68 times more vulnerable than Windows 8 RTM, along with a staggering 82.4% higher malware infection rate. The math is simple: the odds of one getting compromised and losing valuable personal information on a Windows XP machine is far higher than on a modern, Windows 8 devices.

Retiring a product is a normal part of the product lifecycle. While most Microsoft software is supported for 10 years, Windows XP has been supported for more than 12 years, longer than any other Windows version.

In line with this, Microsoft announced two new free tools - one tool can help consumers migrate from Windows XP to newer versions of the operating system and the other tool can help customers identify the operating system they are currently using if they are unsure of it. Both tools can be found at www.windows.com.

  • Free Windows XP migration tool: PCmover Express for Windows XP. Microsoft has partnered with Laplink to provide PCmover Express for Windows XP, which copies a user’s files and settings from a Windows XP PC to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. PCmover Express will be available for download www.windowsxp.com.
  • Windows OS automatic detection website: AmIrunningXP.com. For customers unsure of what version of Windows they are using, Microsoft is launching AmIRunningXP.com, a site designed to automatically detect if a PC is running Windows XP or a newer version of Windows like Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. If Windows XP is detected, the site provides links to more information on Windows XP end of support and guidance on how to upgrade to a modern OS.