As you probably know, Microsoft decided to end its support for its operating system Windows XP today after more than 12 years. As of tomorrow, technical assistance and security updates for Windows XP will no longer be provided by Microsoft. We thought it would be useful to share this crucial information with Digital Qatar readers.
Although computers running Windows XP will continue to work, users and enterprises using Windows XP will be more vulnerable to security risks as the rate of malware infection for Windows XP is expected to increase substantially following the end of the support date.
Media reported that the UK government has signed a £5.5m deal with Microsoft to extend Windows XP support across the whole UK public sector for a further 12 months. This deal will ensure smooth business continuity of the public sector organizations until the migration to a supported operating system is completed.
Microsoft stated a number of potential risks that users and enterprises, who continue running Windows XP, may be exposed to:
Compliance: Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations may find that they are no longer able to satisfy compliance requirements.
Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Support: Many software vendors will no longer support their products running on Windows XP as they are unable to receive Windows XP updates.
Hardware Manufacturer Support: Most computer hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on existing and new hardware.
If you are still running Windows XP, we would like to encourage you to upgrade your operating system to a supported version to ensure continued protection against potential security vulnerabilities and malicious attacks.
It is worth mentioning that Microsoft support for Office 2003 also ends today.
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