For those still using Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system the clock is ticking and almost reaching the end. Next year, or April 8, 2014 to be precise, Microsoft will finally end its extended support for this aging OS. Those who are still using XP are advised to shift to Windows 7 or the newer Windows 8. It is estimated that 39% of PC’s worldwide are still using XP.
Windows XP was first introduced in October 25, 2001 making it nearly 12 years old today. Microsoft ended mainstream support for this OS on April 14, 2009. Judging from the number of PC’s still running on the OS it is still quite popular today. With the end of extended support nearing the company will no longer provide security updates, non-security hotfixes and online technical content updates.
After April 8, 2014 Microsoft will no longer support XP and those who continue to use it can do so at their own risk. Stephen Rose, senior product manager for Windows Commercial, said that “If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late.” It is estimated that it will take a company between 18 to 32 months to fully complete migrating to a new system.
The reason why most businesses are still sticking to Windows XP is that there is no direct upgrade path from XP to Windows 7. This makes it harder for small businesses without any IT staff to do a migration. Other businesses have also reasoned out that the bad experience they had with Vista is what makes them hesitate in upgrading to Windows 7.
If businesses continue to use XP even after the end of the extended support date then it will become even more expensive for them to use it since support for it will come at a premium price.
Aside from XP, Microsoft also announced that support for Office 2003 will also end next year.