Hasta La Vista Windows XP: Microsoft Officially Discontinues Tech Support, Leaves Users ‘on Their Own’

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | March 26, 2014 11:16 AM EST

Microsoft is no longer going to provide any technical support for Windows XP, probably the most successful operating system it has ever produced, at least in terms of popularity. The tech assistance stops from April 8.

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New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (R) is pictured with Bill Gates in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on March 25, 2014. Nadella, the Indian-born self-described cricket fanatic who took over as Microsoft Corp's chief executive in February 2014, makes his public debut March 27, 2014 and is expected to go on the offensive right away with some bold strokes.

While those who are still running XP on their computers will be allowed to use it, there won't be any security measure to be available from Microsoft to keep their system safe and secure. There will be far more severe malware and virus threats. XP users are not going to be assisted by the company to combat against security issues which are constantly involved in computing.

Microsoft has provided security patched on a monthly basis for the last 12 years. However, user won't see Windows Update downloading any security update for XP from April 8. The company is going to provide the last security patch for XP on that day and close its help desk for XP. If anyone finds any security issue after that, Bill Gates' company is going to pay no heed to it. Microsoft clearly discourages its users from using Windows XP any more. Its decision to withdraw tech support for XP comes at a time when the company is expected to launch Windows 9.  

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Interestingly, there have been big releases since XP's introduction for people on Oct 25, 2001. We have seen Windows Vista come and disappear in the thin air. Then came Windows 7 which eventually became the only preferred update to XP as Windows 8 did not score well over its predecessors. However, Windows XP has remained a favourite among numerous users who still find it the most stable operation system. This is especially true for those who use their computers for jobs which require more stability and less style.

CBC News quoted Canadian IT consultant Brian Bourne as saying that people would still use XP, following the theory that things should be used as long as they work. Several professional companies still use XP for their operational process. Mr Bourne warned that, post March 8, hackers would heavily target XP users. They must be waiting for the tech support to end so that they can use the undisclosed vulnerabilities, he said.

XP users are practically left on their own as it is up to them to decide if they will continue to use a potentially highly unsafe operating system or switch to a more secure one like Windows 7.

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New Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (R) is pictured with Bill Gates in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters on March 25, 2014. Nadella, the Indian-born self-described cricket fanatic who took over as Microsoft Corp's chief executive in February 2014, makes his public debut March 27, 2014 and is expected to go on the offensive right away with some bold strokes.
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