Microsoft will end support for Windows XP: April 8, 2014


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On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003. That means computers running the popular OS and its applications will no longer receive security updates, hot fixes, patches or customer support of any kind, making their systems extremely vulnerable to malicious software and compliance issues.
What Happens Now?

The software giant has provided support for Windows XP since 2001, but has now decided to invest their resources toward supporting recent, new and emerging technologies. Well, Microsoft, tell that to a third of all the PCs in the world that still run Windows XP, because they’re the ones who will be subject to all manner of malware, spyware, viruses and phishing attacks. Not only that, but hackers will gain the ability to develop exploit code from reverse-engineered security updates in new OS versions and apply them to XP: the unlucky, unsupported OS. This means computers can be hacked into and information can be stolen with unprecedented ease.

But the attacks won’t just come from the outside; control failure can happen from inside the OS and from software as well, leading to suspension of certification and loss of systems and customer information. Thousands of applications will not be able to move to a newer OS because they are incompatible. And if that weren’t enough, PC hardware and software manufacturers will be forced to follow suit. Though mainstream support for the OS and its software ended in 2009, April 8, 2014 is the day that Windows XP is truly dead.

What’s the Alternative?

Private cloud providers present the best and most flexible option for saying goodbye to a legacy system. Now more than ever before is the perfect time to connect with the cloud and move onto virtual desktops.

Think custom configurations, easy access between internal applications, security that is split across multiple data centers for valuable added redundancy and local support centers. Think white glove service that goes beyond the overly simplistic, hassle-prone 1-800-MICROSOFT days. Think seamless migration, quick deployment, high value for low cost, increased agility, impressive scalability and enhanced speed. Think tremendously secure computing solutions that are available at any moment of the day, at any place on earth.And the best part?

No apocalyptic support end dates.