Windows XP Support Ends, But it’s Still Widely Used

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Its been a long 12 years coming but support for Windows XP has officially ended on Tuesday April 8th.  Since Windows and the internet has been warning and widely advertising the event, that means that almost all (if not all) computers and devices running the obsolete operating system would have been upgraded to a newer more secure version, WRONG! Even though support has officially ended Windows XP is still the second most used operating system in the world (That’s right world, not among 75+ year old senior citizens in the rural south, but the entire 7 billion estimated population of the world).  Among these still using are businesses, typical users, Bank ATMs, and governments (yes, even ours).

As the video states Anti-virus software could be a temporary fix, but it will not protect against future vulnerabilities that could be discovered.  The only true solution is for those still using the operating system to upgrade as soon as possible.

Although, those still using XP are not completely at fault.  It can be very expensive to purchase a large number of business licences to upgrade all computers within a particular business and when it comes to ATMs the operating is embedded in the machine itself, making it necessary to replace the entire machine in order to upgrade.

For those skeptical ones out there unsure if XP will stay gone or hoping support will return please visit this link:

http://isxpdead.com/

Source:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2014/04/08/windows-xp-support-ends-today-but-its-still-used-by-everywhere-from-governments-to-atms/

 

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8 thoughts on “Windows XP Support Ends, But it’s Still Widely Used

  1. It’s kind of funny how old the system yet how used it is. *Insert sarcastic prod at Windows 8 and Vista here*

  2. I’m surprised that it took them this long to withdraw support of XP. It is definitely the most solid Windows but the RAM capability is way too low and it is time for Windows 7 to be the default for businesses.

  3. I suppose it’s difficult for the government to upgrade their computers operating systems considering how many of them are so built in with important software designed to run on only XP and can’t just be upgraded. The fact that ATMs use XP is the most worrying thing in that article to me.

  4. That is a little alarming that one of the most vulnerable of technology that is running windows XP is ATM’s. Hopefully they realize the cost to replace the ATM’s is nothing compared to how much money they would lose if it was breached.

  5. Maybe Microsoft can offer a paid support with patches and updates for things such as ATM’s so that way they can use the software for a little longer.

  6. I think since it is their product they can discontinue the support even though many people still use it. They have better products out now that people can switch to. This is better business for them anyways.

  7. People do have the option to continue using XP. Forcing those who have that program embedded into machines like ATMs to upgrade is just making them spend a lot of money to do so.I thought that the comment that was made in class yesterday about whether Microsoft and other software manufacturers will set expiration dates on their programs was interesting and actually makes a good question.

  8. I think that it’s fine that Microsoft is finally stopping support for XP. No one was forcing companies to use XP in the first place, so Microsoft should have no responsibility to continue supporting it. I do agree that it will be a long process to upgrade the many embedded systems using XP.

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