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  • Microsoft Announces That They Officially No Longer Support Windows XP


    On the morning of Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, Microsoft officially announced that they would, starting today, no longer offer support for Windows XP; this includes technical assistance and security updates.

    Microsoft provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But the time came for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.

    As a result, technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft has also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC is secure because Microsoft is no longer providing security updates to help protect your PC.)

    If you continue to use Windows XP now that support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Internet Explorer 8 is also no longer supported, so if your Windows XP PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 8 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.
    The ended support for Windows XP includes Windows Internet Explorer 8, so those using the outdated Web browser will want to consider upgrading it, or using an alternative Web browser. Microsoft also shares with us that, only for a limited time, they will continue offering virus and malware definitions for Microsoft Security Essentials. Once they decide that time is up, they won't provide those to users anymore either.

    Microsoft's answer to those that ask, "well what do I do now?" is that you consider purchasing a new PC or upgrading your existing Windows XP installation to Windows 8.1. It's not to be taken lightly that the change from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 will be a drastic one with a huge learning curve.

    Windows XP has been around for about 12 years; the aging operating system is still widely used today both commercially and on home computers around the world.

    It should be interesting to see if the official ended support of Windows XP will finally be enough to persuade those that have held onto it so tightly to let go and upgrade to something more modern.

    Sources: Microsoft
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Announces That They Officially No Longer Support Windows XP started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. fluffybunnyabc's Avatar
      fluffybunnyabc -
      Has this anything to do with Apple?
    1. alanjf's Avatar
      alanjf -
      Keep in mind that they will still issue critical updates, and unlike a lot of the propaganda that I've been seeing for the past month or two, XP is not going to suddenly cease functioning. I don't think I've seen so many scare tactics used in the EOLing of a product before.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      This partly why I built a Hackintosh and enjoying OSX/Mavericks I needed a newer computer but will not use windows 8/8.1!
    1. jose060789's Avatar
      jose060789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by fluffybunnyabc View Post
      Has this anything to do with Apple?
      Exactly.
      I don't give two sh*ts about Microsoft.
      If us users have to stay on topic then so do the MMI writers as well. Be fair.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      HAHA^^ Seriously. I mean if you said Apple is no longer supporting Tiger maybe i would care. I don't even think the word "Apple" is int this article.
    1. Rcworship's Avatar
      Rcworship -
      It's related to Apple in that Microsoft is one of Apple's largest competitors. It has an effect on the sales, service and support landscape in terms of personal computing.
    1. clive.weller's Avatar
      clive.weller -
      You miserable lot of buggers!

      You do not have to read the article. I find that this sort of input is welcome.

      Samsung, Google, Android, Sony, Pebble etc, etc, etc. are not Apple and there are dozens of articles on MMI about these companies- yet I do not here anyone complaining about it.
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcworship View Post
      It's related to Apple in that Microsoft is one of Apple's largest competitors. It has an effect on the sales, service and support landscape in terms of personal computing.
      Thank you Rcworship!

      This is big news, even for some Apple device users. Many people with iPhones, iPod touches, and iPads use Windows XP machines to sync their content. Many ModMyi readers are running Windows XP too.

      Fact of the matter is, it's all part of the big picture. It doesn't matter if Apple isn't in the headlines, as this will affect some Apple users too.
    1. buggsy2's Avatar
      buggsy2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rcworship View Post
      It's related to Apple in that Microsoft is one of Apple's largest competitors. It has an effect on the sales, service and support landscape in terms of personal computing.
      Oh so now MMI is going to run articles on Chinese politics? Because that affects where Apple products are made.
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      And about 95% of ATM's RUN Windows XP so...I'd say YEAH it's a BIG Deal. What are Banks going to Do?
    1. Magicpudding's Avatar
      Magicpudding -
      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Oh so now MMI is going to run articles on Chinese politics? Because that affects where Apple products are made.
      Sure, say for example the Chinese governments decides to ban or limit some sort of import/export thing. If a new policy were to limit the numbers of apple products produced as a total I bet MMI would surely run an article.
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carvensno View Post
      This partly why I built a Hackintosh and enjoying OSX/Mavericks I needed a newer computer but will not use windows 8/8.1!
      Stop being cheap and buy a Mac.
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      Quote Originally Posted by jose060789 View Post
      Exactly.
      I don't give two sh*ts about Microsoft.
      If us users have to stay on topic then so do the MMI writers as well. Be fair.
      +1 Is this modmyW.com ?

      Quote Originally Posted by Rcworship View Post
      It's related to Apple in that Microsoft is one of Apple's largest competitors. It has an effect on the sales, service and support landscape in terms of personal computing.
      It's not related enough. Who cares?

      Quote Originally Posted by buggsy2 View Post
      Oh so now MMI is going to run articles on Chinese politics? Because that affects where Apple products are made.
      +1

      Quote Originally Posted by AKCHRIS View Post
      And about 95% of ATM's RUN Windows XP so...I'd say YEAH it's a BIG Deal. What are Banks going to Do?
      I don't use ATMs either. I don't care.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      I don't care.
      You seem to care enough to open the article, read the comments, quote and reply to 4 different people.

      If I don't care about something, I tend to not click on it but that's just me.
    1. Carvensno's Avatar
      Carvensno -
      Quote Originally Posted by Venom1234 View Post
      Stop being cheap and buy a Mac.
      Ya let me go pick about 3-4K off the money tree lol. Same as a new Mac Pro at half the price sense I'm unemployed, but also able to repair it myself if something goes wrong
    1. Caspercronz's Avatar
      Caspercronz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Venom1234 View Post
      Stop being cheap and buy a Mac.
      my Hackintosh will blow your "expensive mac" to high hell, its already benchmarked higher then the new mac pros
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Quote Originally Posted by Venom1234 View Post
      Stop being cheap and buy a Mac.

      God, that´s the worst advice to give anyone. "Pay $1500 for subpar hardware, that would normally cost $500 without the Apple logo".
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      I can see where this thread is going...
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I'm glad this was shared on the site, for some people it is big news. A lot of computers on the campus I work at run XP (it was the most stable at the time) but now Microsoft is not supporting it anymore. Here's the thing I don't get, Microsoft is stopping support for XP yet they aren't offering anything good to replace it, no deals on buying Win 7 or 8, no discount upgrade, they're forcing people/companies to pay full price for another OS. Not to mention that when you upgrade from XP to 7 or 8, you need to backup all your data, upgrade, then put your data back on. It's not like OS X where you only pay a small upgrade fee (or nothing for Mavericks) and you can simply upgrade your computer and not worry about your data. There's a good chunk of people out there that don't have the means or knowledge to do that. So Microsoft is forcing their customers to either stay on an OS that isn't being supported anymore or pay lots of money for a new OS, and run through the upgrade process. Sometimes I wonder if they actually want customers to go Apple...
    1. znbl's Avatar
      znbl -
      Quote Originally Posted by Venom1234 View Post
      Stop being cheap and buy a Mac.
      Stop being jealous of people who actually know how to use a computer.