Windows XP Approaching End of Life

As of April 8, 2014, support for Windows XP, including security updates and patches, will cease.

The lack of security updates will put Windows XP machines at significant risk of infection.  Without critical Windows XP security updates, machines running XP may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage business data and information.   Antivirus Software and Network Perimeter Intrusion Protection alone will not be sufficient protection against future security vulnerabilities discovered within the Windows XP operating system

Businesses that adhere to strict regulatory guidelines (HIPAA for example) and continue to use Windows XP machines may find themselves out of compliance after April 8th.

Third party applications, and peripheral hardware, are also subject to incompatibility with Windows XP machines after April 8th.

Tier1Net recommends replacing Windows XP machines with new devices running Windows 7 Professional or higher. 

Please contact Tier1Net for more information or assistance.

Regards,

Tier1Net, Inc.

 

Also retiring on April 8th: Microsoft Office 2003 will reach end-of-support on April 8, 2014.  Users are encouraged to upgrade to Office 2013.

 

Read more here:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/end-support-help

http://www.av-test.org/en/news/news-single-view/artikel/microsoft-puts-xp-in-the-firing-line/

 

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