Microsoft still plans to retire Windows XP on April 8th. However, they will also continue to provide updates for the operating systems’ anti-malware support until July 14, 2015. While this will be helpful for organizations running a little behind on their migration, it does not mean that Windows XP will continue to be a reliable system past April 8th.
Windows XP has had a great career as Microsoft’s longest-running operating system, beloved by the majority of users. While support could end completely in April, as planned, Microsoft instead decides to keep its star lingering, like an athlete in decline at the end of their career. There will be an increasing number of holes to fill along with increased vulnerability to hackers.
The anti-malware update will keep Windows XP pulse alive, but more as an emergency procedure to ensure organizations are able to transition. It is critical that organizations make the move as quickly as possible. On a blog post from Microsoft’s Malware Protection Center, they explain that “…research shows that the effectiveness of antimalware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited. Running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today’s threat landscape.”
After April 8th, Windows XP “…will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft.” The migration process should be a priority for any organization running Windows XP.
SBS Group can help and to get started, we are offering a 10% discount on the service charge when you complete your migration off of Windows XP by 3/31/2014. Please contact Tyler Bowman at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started and for more information, you can register for the Migrating from Windows XP webinar this February.