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After months of rumours, Microsoft finally announced the end for Windows XP operating system support. Microsoft's X...
After months of rumours, Microsoft finally announced the end for Windows XP operating system support. Microsoft's XP support has been active for 12 years, but comes to a halt today. Consumers who still use the XP will have to upgrade to modern operating systems. Microsoft is also ending support for its Office 2003.
Users can, technically, run Window XP after today, but Microsoft will not provide them with security updates, online technical updates, or some bug fixes. Microsoft says the company will provide extended malware-associated updates (Microsoft's Malicious Software Removal Tool), however, which will run until July 14, 2015.
Consumers who still use Microsoft's XP can upgrade to Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows 8, but they can also switch to other operating systems like Linux. Users can also acquire a brand new computer, which will run the latest Windows 8.1 operating system, or the OS X, and Chrome OS.
Microsoft's move presents an operational and security threat to existing personal computer users, as well as small and large businesses that use Windows XP. Migrating to a new OS is more likely to cause problems for small business owners, as they don't have the same access to firewalls and IT departments as big businesses.
It is believed that certain businesses, like doctors’ offices, will be hit particularly hard by Microsoft's decision to stop the updates. If the health care industry doesn't upgrade, there is a huge risk that valuable confidential medical information will be stolen, or recreated, and drugs will be illegally procured.
Some users, on the other hand, believe they would rather go through identity theft than move to Windows 8 OS.
Due to security breaches, and the potential for the freezing and crashing of the operating system, Microsoft urges users to migrate to a supported operating system, so that their computers are protected. Microsoft advises users working with Office 2003 to move to the Office 365 suite.