After supporting Windows XP for almost 12 years, Microsoft is now on route to shut down it down by 8th April 2014.
In April 2009, Microsoft had already ended mainstream support for Windows XP i.e. it stopped offering paid incident support, hotfix support, security updates, etc, but it continued to offer extended support for commercial customers and security updates for all customers.
According to a report by NetMarketShare, only 38% of PCs connected to the web are still running Windows XP. Given that current XP users have already ignored three OS upgrades, it seems reasonable to assume a significant number of XP diehards still won’t upgrade even now that Microsoft is no longer issuing security updates, all of which adds up to a potentially huge number of vulnerable PCs connected to the web.
Microsoft has even launched a website for informing users about shutting down of Windows XP, and also to make switch users to go for modern OS Windows 7 and Windows 8 as well as a modern browser like IE 8, 9 and 10. Microsoft also writes modern OPS as hardened, secure operating systems built to support users’ needs around security, mobility and overall flexibility.
“Using XP after April 2014 is an ‘at your own risk’ situation for any customers choosing not to migrate” states a blog post by Stephen Rose, senior product manager for Windows Commercial. He also guided that that a simple upgrade from XP to Windows 7 or 8 — a “modern operating system,”will not work one need to do a clean install i.e. user data must be migrated and applications re-installed on the new OS.