It’s been over a dozen years or so. But finally Windows XP support is coming to an end.
The time period has at last expired. Windows XP had been bolstered by Microsoft for quite some time. "Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come 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," according to Microsoft.
But despite its popularity and overall likability, the system was based on the very hack-worthy software of the 90s. That means that it is defunct by now. And now Microsoft has announced that any breach of security that will occur will be something that the firm will not be responsible for. No technical assistance for Windows XP will be available after April 8, 2014, including automatic updates that help protect your PC.
Microsoft said that it "will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (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 will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to help protect your PC.)"
Yet there is a whole fan base that refuses to let go of Windows XP. They are literally too attached to the system like a child is to a security blanket. The Windows XP system dates way back to the good old days before Facebook. It is a denizen of the times when the Google search engine was still new. Microsoft wants to carry on the tradition of delivering new installments of the series of platforms it provides its user base.
As of now, it has been announced that after April 8th, 2014, no technical help will be forthcoming from Microsoft. What this means is that no security features will remain for the users’ benefit. The downside to this is that the PC will become vulnerable to hackers and viruses.
"If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP," said Microsoft.
The choices before the owners of the PCs are two: either they can get a new PC or they can renew the features on their present PC. The procedure is simple enough and it takes a little bit of guidance which is available on the Microsoft Windows Help page.
Yet there exist inveterate fans of the older system that refuse to budge. Well, it is too bad but they will have to take the risks that come with this rigidity. If it was as simple as keeping to the old ways and not suffering any consequences, maybe everyone would have stuck to Windows XP. But such is not the case.