The countdown: Less Than One Year for XP End of Support!

During MMS 2013 – a theme was reiterated over and over… we’re now down to 1 year of XP support. 

Microsoft will end Extended Support on April 8, 2014.

If you are a Windows 7 migration engineer – that means you will be very busy in the next 12 months converting remaining systems to Windows 7. 

Here’s a few key points from a Microsoft blog that I saw last week at MMS 2013.

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2013/04/08/365-days-remaining-until-xp-end-of-support-the-countdown-begins.aspx

 

  • On April 8, 2014, we will end the extended support for our commercial customers and we will no longer provide security updates for commercial or consumer customers.
  • Simply, it means you should take action to move off of Windows XP. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as:
    • Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
    • Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: Back in 2011, many independent software vendors (ISVs) were already unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP.

Yes, that’s correct.  NO NEW SECURITY PATCHES AFTER APRIL 2014

Talk about a hackers paradise!

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