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Windows XP – Finally Retiring…and Then What?

UPDATE (Feb 27, 2014):  We’ve added a new, mobile responsive microsite with not only the latest updates from Microsoft but also a list of all the promotions available and more information on the impact of the April 8, 2014 End of Support deadline.  Please visit today!

Windows XP continues to be one of the most popular operating systems in history.   After the less-than-stellar release of Windows Vista in 2007, many users opted to keep using Windows XP.  Due to popular demand, Microsoft has continued to support and update Windows XP.  But back in 2012, it was announced that Windows XP will no longer be supported after April 8, 2014.  Many were skeptical of this, as Microsoft had attempted to do this several times in the past.  But with Windows 7 becoming popular and the release of Windows 8.1, the time has indeed come to say goodbye to Windows XP.

But the question now arises…what will happen if you haven’t upgraded and are still using Windows XP?  Considering the ongoing issues with computer security, running Windows XP already is a security vulnerability and when Microsoft stops pushing updates, XP will become a fairly open target for viruses, spyware, and all manner of malware.  Even if you have the latest anti-malware software installed, the developers will no longer be able to provide reasonable protection for your computers.

And security is only one of the issues that will make any computer running Windows XP a liability.

So what can be done?   The obvious answer is to upgrade your computer.   Microsoft has created several incentives to upgrade to Windows 8.

But what if you don’t want Windows 8?   Our first recommendation is that you discuss with your IT professional the pros and cons of Windows 8 vs. Windows 7.   But also understand that there are alternatives.  Over the next several weeks, we will discuss these alternatives in depth.  And by all means, feel free to contact us with your questions at 424-CLOUD-04 (424-256-8304) or email us at

Microsoft has provided us with some useful information about this, along with the incentives previously mentioned.  We’ll go over much of this in our blog in the coming weeks as well.  In the meantime, you can find out more at our Get 2 Modern microsite at

Support for Windows XP Ends

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