Microsoft will stop offering support for the Windows XP starting with April 8. So, in about two weeks, users will have to give up accessing this operating system created by the tech giant.
The fact that Microsoft will stop support for the Windows XP actually means that the company will no longer offer security updates and assistance for this operating system, which is 12 years old. Technical assistance for the XP will no more be available, either.
The decision that Microsoft has taken to stop providing support for the Windows XP is not new or curious. In fact, the company announced months ago that this move will follow. Moreover, the fact that they are giving up Windows XP can’t be shocking, as this operating system is over 12 years old.
Still, the reality is that many people still use it and would want to continue to still be able to operate the XP on their computers. Statistics reveal that about 30 percent of desktop PCs still use the Windows XP operating system. Now, all these users will have to move to the Windows 7 or Windows 8.
“Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences,” Microsoft said in an official statement.
Since the update will be coming in less than a month, the ATMs in India have already started to be updated. But, apparently, there are a large number of such devices which still need to see the update. ATMs need to be upgraded, as the security risk they face can be quite disastrous. Statistics also reveal that over 16 percent of ATMs are still based on Windows operating system.
Large companies have already started to update their devices, but this is a process that takes both time and money. Banks and institutions need to adopt the new system fast, as a security issue in such cases can cause severe damage. Individuals are also advised by Microsoft to make this move.