- 28th March 2014
- Posted by: Juan van Niekerk
- Category: Technology
Goodbye XP – Support for XP is being pulled Microsoft has announced.
What does this mean to companies and individual users?
XP devices will face the threat from major security holes without receiving critical updates from Microsoft. This will force companies and individual users to upgrade from the 13 year old operating system.
The assumption by Microsoft and Security Experts is that hackers will begin targeting XP machines for more aggressively. Nearly a third of all Windows systems still run XP (according to Net Applications who are a web measurement vendor).
Microsoft will issue the final security updates on the 8th of April. After this date any new security vulnerabilities discovered whether white hat, grey hat or black hat will not be patched.
Although some consider Microsoft’s tactics to be scare tactics to force sales to the new operating systems, the fact is technology moves on.
Windows7 or Windows 8.1 is the question?
This creates opportunities in the job market for IT Professionals with Windows 7 and Windows 8 certifications as organisations are forced to upgrade and rollout the new operating system across all computer users.
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