Microsoft drops Windows XP on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The operating system is now 12 years old and Microsoft will no longer add security updates or technical support, leaving the software in danger of hackers to exploit bugs freely.
Windows XP isn’t just running on the dusty, discarded PC in your closet. It’s everywhere, threatening devices that store sensitive information and computers that keep the city lights on and water running.
An estimated 95% of bank ATM’s are running on XP and it is reported that a major hospital has over 100,000 devices running on XP. It’s literally everywhere, still. Windows XP computers are already six times more likely to get infected (than upgraded versions), by Microsoft’s account.
So, what do you do? It’s simple. Upgrade.
The best strategy is to use an operating system that still receives updates from Microsoft. For that, loading your computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8 will do. You’re better off with Windows 8, because Microsoft plans to keep supporting it until 2023.
If you’ve been holding off because of Windows 8’s missing start button, have no fear. Microsoft is adding that feature in the next update. Plus, the company is giving away $100 in credits for new PCs.
sources:, CNN Money

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