Microsoft Retires Windows XP. Now Either Upgrade OS Or Fend Hackers.

It's time to bid adieu to your Windows XP operating system now. For real. Microsoft has put an end to the XP support today, putting almost 30% of computers used by consumers and business around the world at risk, with hackers squeezing the maximum juice off this twelve year old fruit. So people who've held off upgrading their systems from XP to Vista or Windows 7/8 - either due to the advent of smartphones and tablets offering those upgraded features or due to plain laziness - need to upgrade now more than ever after Microsoft retires this OS on Tuesday.

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The 'end of support' announcement came last November, when Microsoft announced that it'll stop every service it's been providing towards Windows XP from April 8th. This gave a lot of time to business organisations and individuals to migrate their IT architecture on other upgraded systems. Amrish Goyal, Manager, Windows Business Group, Microsoft Corporation (India), states that nothing exactly happens to the systems running XP and that they can continue using the same - it's just that they won't be receiving any new upgrades or patches hence making their systems more vulnerable. This implies that the probability of a virus attack on an XP-running computer is way higher as compared to an upgraded computer with a later OS.

Windows XP came to change lives in 2001, and has been the most popular OS in all its twelve years it served Microsoft for, even though Windows XP devices stopped shipping since 2010.


  • Aditya Deshmukh
    Aditya Deshmukh
    What about ATMs?? Because they use Windows xp.... If xp is not getting new security updates then ATMs are in danger. Right??
  • Satya Swaroop Dash
    Satya Swaroop Dash
    Gone are the glorious days of this simplified OS. Most of us started our early lives playing games like minesweeper and spaceball. I shall always know Windows XP to be the OS that made Microsoft what it is thanks to its huge public acceptance.
    Adios Amigo ! 👍
  • Ankita Katdare
    Ankita Katdare
    Millions of web developers are waiting to read the headline -
    Microsoft Retires Internet Explorer.
    But it just doesn't happen. ☕
  • lovebox
    I wonder what would the various government offices in India do. Almost all of them have Windows XP installed on their computers. Upgrading them would incur huge expenses (both, in terms of Software and Hardware).
    Heard recently that the UK has paid Microsoft £ 5.5 million for a one year extended support of Windows XP for the entire public-sector in the UK. Similarly, the Netherlands has paid around € 200 per PC for a one year extended support.
    Whether governments choose extended support or upgrade to newer version of Windows, it is a win-win situation for Microsoft.
  • Kaustubh Katdare
    Kaustubh Katdare
    #-Link-Snipped-# - as long as Solitaire runs fine on XP; there's nothing much to worry. I guess maximum support requests to Microsoft were for the game 😉 .

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