End of XP may Cause Problems
Microsoft support for Windows XP ends today.The
popular operating system has been around for 12 years, and an estimated 30
percent of businesses and consumers are still using it.
While they will be able
to continue to run XP after today, Microsoft says it will no longer provide new
security updates, issue fixes to non-security related problems or offer online
technical content updates. Microsoft says it will provide anti-malware-related
updates through July 14, 2015, but warns that the tweaks could be of limited
help on an outdated operating system.
experts say that could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to
the identities of everyday people in danger. Patrick Thomas at the firm
Neohapsis says hackers have "a big neon bull's eye" on the issue.
says XP has been a reliable workhorse and a wide variety of people and
businesses stuck with it instead of upgrading to other Windows systems. In
addition to home computers, XP is used to run everything from water treatment
facilities and power plants to small businesses like doctor's offices.