been supporting the IT infrastructure of businesses for more than a decade, but the sun is about to set on one of Microsoft’s most popular operating systems.
Officially launched in 2001, Windows XP has remained well liked by organisations attracted to its reliability and familiar user interface. Indeed, according to industry estimates, more than a third of all Windows-powered personal computers still run Windows XP.
However, Microsoft has called time and informed its customers that support for the software will be withdrawn in April next year. It wants them to upgrade to options such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.
While the death of the ageing platform is unlikely to affect most end users (who are probably already using more modern variants), many businesses could still have Win XP-powered devices humming away. They might be running a point- of-sale or warehouse management system, or looking after devices such as lifts or building- access control devices.
Of course, just because Microsoft is withdrawing support doesn’t mean Win XP will stop working, but it does mean there will be no further updates to fix bugs or plug security holes.
So it might be best to review all PCs. Upgrading now could avoid problems down the track.