Windows XP has received support from Microsoft for the past 12 years. But on April 8 2014, Microsoft stopped their support after they decided to invest their resources in newer technologies to deliver exciting new experiences along with their hardware and software partners.
After April 8, all the technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available for usage. This includes all the automatic updates that help in protecting your PC. On this date, Microsoft Security Essentials will no longer function for your computers. Users who have installed Security Essentials will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a shorter period of time. But your PC will no longer be secured because security updates will no longer be provided by the Microsoft.
If the use of XP will be continued, your computer will still be functional, though it becomes defenseless against all the security threats and viruses. You will also encounter a number of apps and device updates that do not work with Windows XP even the manufacturers continue to optimize recent versions of Windows.
What should Users Do?
Users should take action in order to protect their computers from malicious attacks. Customers and Partners can now shift into a new operating system (OS) such as Windows 8.1. The benefits you could get are the following:[list_items type=”list-star”] [list_item]Highly improve security[/list_item] [list_item]Broad device choice for a mobile workforce[/list_item] [list_item] Increase user productivity[/list_item] [list_item]Lower total cost of ownership[/list_item] [list_item]Improve management capabilities[/list_item] [/list_items]
For older computers you can download and run Windows Upgrade Assistant to see if your PC Meets the System requirement for Windows 8.1. But if your current PC will still not run, maybe it’s now the right time to buy a new PC’s that is worthy of your investment.
Microsoft promotes to the people the use of more modern and safer software. Microsoft states that the new OS like Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are designed with better security and faster performance in comparison with the old Windows XP.