Windows XP Support ends in 365 days from today
In the next one year tomorrow, One of Microsoft’s most popular operating system for personal computers, Windows XP, will see the end of Seattle based company support. Come April 8, 2014, Microsoft will cease to provide security patches and updates to the software. The deadline could prove a challenge for millions of users in developing world. This is because most of PC users in different regions like Africa, Latin America and Asia are still struggling to migrate to new Microsoft environments. Launched twelve years ago, various studies have shown that Windows XP is among the most widely used operating systems among the Microsoft versions available in the market. When I sought views of my ‘Windows’ friends who are die hard windows fans, most of them said they find Windows 7 more user friendly. In the event Windows 7 was not available, most of them would go back to Windows XP. Only two friends supported Windows 8 and none was interested in hugely unpopular Windows Vista.
Head of an IT department I spoke to, told me he was attracted to Windows XP because it simplifies his work. According to him, his organizations always approach upgrades intelligently by taking their time to ensure it is done correctly. His organization has planned to roll out Windows 8 over an extended period of time in what he termed as a ‘well calculated’ move. This is a clear indication that organization knows all too well they shouldn’t worry about the end of service deadline that means very little to them. In order to protect other systems throughout the lab, systems running XP will no longer be allowed to connect to the network after 8th April 2014. The end of support also means that Microsoft will not guard against viruses, spyware and, intrusion by hackers. There are several services that you will lose as a Windows XP user including sending and receiving emails, network access like the J, K, L, and M drives, and any other network-based file systems, Internet access including whitelist proxy access, internal network access, printing to network printers as well as transferring data to and from other systems using removable media like thumb drives, external USB, CD-ROM and floppy disk.