Windows XP end of life – don’t get caught out!

Windows XP end of life – don’t get caught out!

windows xp end of life

Windows XP will go ‘end of life’ on April the 8th 2014. This means that Microsoft will stop releasing security patches and updates for the decade old operating system.

History of Window XP

Windows XP was released in 2001, the successor to Windows ME and Windows 2000. As of 2013 XP was still the second most used version of Windows, even though Windows 7 and Windows 8 are in widespread use. Many corporate, educational, public sector and government organisations may still be using Windows XP for compatibility or financial reasons.

New Threats Will Not Be Fixed

With Windows XP end of life no updates from Microsoft after the 8th of April 2014, any new security issues could be exploited by hackers and threaten your business operations and data. Hackers may sell their exploits to criminals that use the code to compromise your PC and collect your data, hold it to ransom or use it to send out spam emails.

The disruption to your business in terms of lost time or reputation due to these hacks and exploits could be expensive to fix, and can easily be avoided by upgrading to a current version of Windows on your business PCs.

Time to Upgrade

If you are still running Windows XP machines in your business, now is the time to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8! IDT can help with your upgrades, providing consultancy, hardware, software licenses and training to ease the transition. It might also be a good time to move to Cloud based business systems for customer relationship management, stock control or accounting that are not reliant on a particular version of Windows.

Call us for a free quote on 0115 9684949 or email support@idt-limited.co.uk and see how we can help you keep up to date and keep your business secure.

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