Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Microsoft Windows XP is near obsolete

Actually it is more of Microsoft ending its support for Windows XP and Office 2003.

I was browsing Microsoft's support pages when I came across this reminder from Microsoft

Microsoft XP SP3 and Office 2003 Support ends April 18, 2014.

Based on Microsoft's policy, their busines and developer products, which includes their Windows operating system and Office products, only receives a maximum of 10 years. It was further explained that this  10 years is divided into 5 years mainstream and another 5 years extended support.

This means that after April 18, 2014 all support to these products will cease. No more security updates will be provided and therefore it will be vulnerable to attack.

Actually, this is already apparent. While I was looking for the Windows XP SP3 download, I keep getting a 404 page. I have landed on several pages linking to a Microsoft download page of the said service pack but keeps getting a 404 page or an error message on the page. This is also true to a Microsoft page link to a download page.

How does this affect specially Windows XP users? Well, very big. One thing very clear is that Windows XP users' machine may not be capable of handling the newer released operating systems from Microsoft which may be the reason they are still on XP.

For one thing Windows 8 is designed for a 64-bit structure and most probably these machines running on XP is still running on 32-bit.

In such a case, it is advisable not to upgrade your existing machine and buy yourself a new one that is capable of Windows 8 or 7. But if you are to ask me, I'd go for Windows 8 since it has a longer support period compared to Windows 7.

What are options left for these "old" machines? It will still function beyond this support period however it may be more vulnerable to intrusions therefore, it is best to look for a third party software that can help you prevent such an intrusion. One I can recommend is the DeepFreeze. Try searching for deep freeze on this blog to give you an idea on what it can do.

There are also other operating system out there that you may want to try like Linux, Unix, Ubuntu and now Google rolls out an OS called Chrome. This are just a few, there are still others that you may want to try just search them and they are not that difficult to find. What is great about these OS is that they are also secure and not as prone to attack as Microsoft's Windows.

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Jenny Watson August 30, 2013 at 12:02 AM

After searching on several pages about Microsoft, I have founded that Microsoft Windows XP is going to be disused. Microsoft is releasing other new versions of Windows. Information shared by you is really nice and useful.

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