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has finally happened — after 12 years, on April 8, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP and Office 2003. This shouldn’t come as a complete surprise — every product has a lifecycle. But what does this mean? There will no longer be security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system or Office 2003 suite.
What does end of support mean?
End of support refers to the date when a company, in this case Microsoft, no longer provides the automatic fixes, updates and technical assistance that ensures you have the most up-to-date software. Without proper security updates, you are left susceptible to viruses, spyware and other malicious software that can infect your computer.
We could go on for hours about what end of support for this software really means and how it affects your business, not to mention what you should do, but instead, check out TechNet Radio: IT Time – The Risk of Running Windows XP After Support Ends. They discuss and answer the following:
- What are the kind of security risks folks may face as support of XP ends?
- How does Microsoft protect its customers from security threats?
- What exactly does Windows XP end of support mean?
- What is risk of continuing to run XP?
- What motivates cyber attackers?
- What is ransomware?
- What are some typical threats users should expect against Windows XP?
- What should people do if they’re running Windows XP?
You can also view the video here: