If you’re the type of person to get emotional over the death of an operating system, then prepare to shed a few tears over the coming weeks.
On April 8, 2014 – less than a month from now – Windows XP will receive its last patch. That means no more Patch Tuesday security updates and no more software improvements or fixes.
More importantly, that means open season on all existing Windows XP users.
As Microsoft prepares to release its last security patch, it’s desperately urging users to switch to newer operating systems – like Windows 8, for example.
Unfortunately, users aren’t really listening. I suspect most of the people still using Windows XP in 2014 aren’t the most technologically advanced individuals. Do you think they read blogs like ours? I don’t think so.
That’s why Windows XP continues to occupy around 20% to 25% market share. That means one in every four to five Windows computers runs Windows XP. And that means up to 25% of users are going to lose their identity, personal information, and speed/performance once Microsoft abandons the OS next month.
Is it after April 8, 2014 right now?
If you’re reading this on Windows XP, check the date: is it before Tuesday, April 8, 2014? If so, then you’re still relatively safe.
If not, and you’re reading this on Windows XP after Tuesday, April 8, 2014, then you need to switch as quickly as possible. I don’t care if you buy Windows 7 or Windows 8, but it’s seriously time to switch. I don’t work for Microsoft and I don’t care whether you buy a Mac or even a Linux machine or Chromebook. Just stop using Windows XP.
If you’re not sure whether or not you’re running Windows XP, then visit this URL: http://amirunningxp.com/
There, Microsoft will tell you whether or not you’re running Windows XP. You’ll also learn your upgrade options. And no, despite what Microsoft tells you, you don’t have to install Windows 8. Unless you’re using a touchscreen device, Windows 7 is likely your best upgrade option – especially if you liked the UI and simplicity of Windows XP.