It’s SUP­PORT

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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.

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