Microsoft Announces a Two-Year Countdown for Windows XP

Laplink Offers Solution for XP Deadline

In a recent post on The Windows Blog, Microsoft has called for users still using Windows XP to upgrade now lest they be left without critical support when Microsoft terminates Extended Support for the long-lasting operating system.

Sayonara XP support, hello Windows 7!

As of April 8th, 2014 Microsoft will be pulling the plug on all support for Windows XP. This means that users of XP will no longer receive any of the following benefits:

  • New security updates
  • Non-security hotfixes
  • Free or paid assisted support options
  • Online technical content updates

Businesses still using XP should upgrade immediately if they do not want to find themselves in a bind come April 2014. Without the assistance from Microsoft, your operating system no longer has guaranteed safety. Out-of-date environments that no longer receive patches or support are optimal targets for malware and viruses.

Microsoft also points out an interesting study by Gartner Research which suggests, “Many independent software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP in 2011; in 2012, it will be common.” Another important fact that Gartner points out is that with a predicted reduction in XP drivers available for new PCs each year, by 2012 few new PCs will have Windows XP drivers. With each year there has been less support on all sides of Windows XP. The time to upgrade is now.

One of the conclusions from the Gartner study is that businesses looking to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 will have a hard time meeting the April 2014 deadline set by Microsoft. They obviously did not take into account the speed and ease of using Laplink’s PCmover.

No other PC migration software is easier or more powerful than PCmover. Able to transfer user-settings, files and programs, this software simplifies the migration process for businesses looking to avoid increased support costs when XP support ends.

If your businesses’ PCs are included in the 22% of PCs in the US still using Windows XP, we highly suggest trying out PCmover today.

More information about PCmover and other Laplink products can be found at www.laplink.com.

3 thoughts on “Microsoft Announces a Two-Year Countdown for Windows XP

  1. “One of the conclusions from the Gartner study is that businesses looking to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 will have a hard time meeting the April 2014 deadline set by Microsoft. ”

    Microsoft have businesses over a barrel the moment they chose a Windows OS.
    Small Business I would suspect will hold out until Windows XP can no longer do whats needed. W7 is a good ‘jump’ (W8 Hmmm, yet to be proven) but it cost to be
    current.

  2. This is really interesting news. I didn’t think so many people still used Windows XP!

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