Microsoft support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ended today!
What Does This Mean?
Like most software developers, Microsoft sends out regular updates that fix any vulnerabilities or problems with their software and operating systems. Considering Windows XP is 13 years old, they’ve decided that now is the right time to cease these updates. This means computers still running XP could be open to the threat of viruses or hackers.
Is Windows XP going to stop working?
Windows XP will continue to run, the important thing to know is that it’s risky business. As Microsoft has discontinued security updates, any future vulnerabilities discovered in the OS will remain forever unpatched — so as time goes by you’ll be increasingly leaving yourself open to hacker attacks.
What Are My Options?
In most cases you should plan to replace your PC. If you have a specific need to continue using Windows XP; perhaps you are using software or hardware that will only run on Windows XP, then you can continue as you are. However it makes sense to mitigate risks:
1. Do not use Windows XP PCs on the internet.