Does an OS have a Shelf Life? Windows XP Does – Here’s Why.

By now you’ve probably heard that Windows XP support from Microsoft officially ends this April. Many just brush off the end of support as a cynical marketing ploy by Microsoft to compel users to purchase an upgrade. But here’s why it isn’t.

Windows XP was a remarkable operating system in its day. Consider that it had to run most of the old 16-bit Windows software on the market while at the same time laying out the framework for a real 64-bit OS which we enjoy today (Windows 7/8). But fair is fair. It is fundamentally no where near the OS that Windows 7 or 8 is and no amount of patching and TLC will ever make up the difference. And the needed environment and security threats that exist today weren’t even contemplated when Windows XP was being created.

So what will happen if you don’t upgrade systems using Windows XP by this coming April? Based upon what happened when Windows XP Service Pack 2 went end of life in 2010, malware infections increased a whopping 66%. Check out the data here. I would anticipate similar problems this April.

So plan to make the transition sooner rather than later. For most current versions of applications it’s not a big deal but if you have older vertical apps, it’s time to start working on it.

 

Author: Glenn Mores

President & CEO MicroData