500 days of Windows XP support left–isn’t it about time to upgrade


Windows XP extended supports ends in 500 days.  This means Microsoft will no longer provide patches and security fixes fort he venerable OS, and any companies using the OS will have to deal with any security holes themselves.

According to NetMarketShare a massive 40% of internet users are still using Windows XP, which was released in October 2001, with Asia a stronghold for the OS, likely due piracy. It is unlikely these users will be upgrading any time soon. Close to 20% of internet users in North America are still on XP however, and are missing out on the productivity improvements of the more modern OS.

Jack Schofield from ZDNet warns businesses who continue to use the now outdates OS open themselves to liability and accusations of neglect if they were hacked due to a hole in the unsupported OS.  Similar to driving a 15 year old polluting car with poor gas mileage, still running Windows XP costs the business more money and place others at risk.

With more modern operating systems being more secure, stable and reliable, is it not time for that last 20% to get with the times?

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