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Microsoft to Stop Supporting Windows XP on April 8

Posted on 03/12/2014 by Robert Whiddon

Still using Windows XP?

Did you know that on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer be supporting Windows XP? What does this mean for you?

It doesn’t mean your computer is simply going to shut off. However, according to Microsoft, XP will become five times more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. As more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, a greater number of programs and devices like cameras and printers won’t work with your computer.

I’m sure those of you still on Windows XP have noticed that some websites (including GeoData) don’t look that great if you’re using Internet Explorer. That’s because Explorer has come a long way since Windows XP. You can get around this for now by using Chrome or Firefox instead of Internet Explorer, but you still face the security risks.

The fact of the matter is Windows XP is 12 years old. If you’re still using a machine with XP, you’re not as efficient as you could be, and we all know time is money. Computers are inexpensive enough, so do yourself a favor and get a new machine with Windows 7 or 8. There may be a slight learning curve, but you’ll benefit greatly from the new technology.

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