Windows XP: Chronicle of a death foretold


It was heavily announced in 2007 about the end-of-support deadline for Windows XP, which is now upon us, while hundreds of millions of PCs still run this operating system. A security sinkhole will probably open and gradually widen, threatening hundreds of millions of PCs worldwide in homes, companies, schools, and government agencies when Microsoft terminates support for Windows XP on Tuesday.

Windows XP’s support end is one of the computer industry’s most publicized deadlines along with the Y2K bug. Many business and IT managers have held a curiously common attitude toward it. For organizations continuing to use Windows XP, a decrepit operating system that Microsoft launched in 2001 with bugs and security vulnerabilities no longer being patched, the implications could be dire. Because the PCs will be at risk.

Almost seven years ago, Microsoft set the fateful date, and has been telling consumers and commercial customers with growing urgency to upgrade from Windows XP since then, alerting them that going across this deadline may put their PCs in large danger.

However, during the estimate of vary, it is acknowledged widely that Windows XP still has a substantial percentage of desktop and laptop PCs, and other specialty computing devices like bank ATMs. Recently, NetApplications said in February that Windows XP was operated on almost 30 percent of PCs, only second to Windows 7 with nearly 47 percent, and was much more than the brand new Windows 8 and 8.1 versions with about 10.6 percent.

It is estimated by IDC that 30 percent of PCs in businesses of all sizes are on Windows XP. According to Gillen, the proportion will decreased to 20 percent by the end of 2014, which is still a very large number. The problem doesn’t occur in small companies with little to no IT resources and knowledge only.

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