Why you need to retire your XP computer.
In August, Windows XP turned 12 years old. While Microsoft has clearly moved forward with Windows, XP still holds near and dear to many people’s hearts in the work place, and at home. This article will cover a few reasons why it may be time to lay XP to rest; even thouh it has lived a good life, and will be missed.
Microsoft has released many security updates to try to keep up with malicious attacks in XP, however, no matter how many they release, they still have to rely on the user to stop threats. They have fixed the vast majority of these issues in the three versions of Windows since XP.
One of the main security limitations is in Internet Explorer. The newest version that is supported by XP is version 8, which is light years behind newer versions available in Windows 8, 7, or even Vista for that matter; this makes Windows XP a major target for developers of malicious software. After April 8, 2014 Microsoft will no longer offer extended support for XP. There will be no more security updates.
XP has played a major role in how computers have evolved. When XP came out the minimum requirements would seem archaic compared to even the worst of smart phones available today. To put this into perspective, if Windows XP were a child, it would likely be halfway through middle school. There is a time and season for everything, and XP’s has gone with the 3 1/2 floppy disks, and VHS players.