A new wave of targeted attacks against serious vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer have exposed the increased risk facing organizations still clinging onto Windows XP (the ten year old operating system that Microsoft stopped supporting this month.) To that point, Microsoft issued a security advisory on Sunday, warning that every supported version of Internet Explorer is impacted by the vulnerabilities. One thing is almost a certainty; Windows XP users won't likely receive the critical updates from Microsoft.
IT Support Blog for Small Business Owners
The deadline we are typically concerned about in April is the 15th – Tax Day. Here in calendar year 2014, business owners, IT personnel, and IT outsourcers are also preoccupied with another deadline, this one on April 8th – the end of Microsoft XP Support. If you have not already heard, on April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will officially end Windows XP operating system’s life cycle. Microsoft has stated that it will no longer sell or support Windows XP and Office 2003.
On April 8, 2014, Microsoft is officially retiring Windows XP and Office 2003. As Windows XP comes to the end of its life, desktops and servers all around the world will feel the effects. Microsoft recently estimated that 25% of all Microsoft operating systems in use today are still using Windows XP! Fortunately, there are a couple things you can do if your applications depend on Windows XP.