The sunset for Windows XP is approaching and if you have not left the operating system that launched twelve years ago – it is really time to move on now. Next month, support will be cut for the platform and your PC will become vulnerable to the terrible wrath of internet diseases and attacks. If you are feeling a bit stubborn and are digging your heels into the dirt, checkout this infograph that Microsoft launched on their developer network – it may change your mind.
To start, Microsoft wants to remind you of the obvious fact that Windows XP is going to be twelve years old and will no longer have customer support. In essence, this means that the company will not be supporting you with hotfixes or service packs in the future, and if any further vulnerabilities are found – you are on your own.
Microsoft compared the operating system infection rate for Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8; the test discovered that Windows XP had the highest infection rate compared to any other 21 century operating system released by the Redmond based company.
For businesses, Microsoft also wants to remind the cost to maintain an out of date operating system can be “very expensive” compared to Windows 7 and Windows 8. In addition, the slower performance that Windows XP delivers can affect productivity and, as everyone knows, time is money.
For consumers looking to make the switch to Windows 8, you can simply head down to your local electronics store and pick up a copy of the software. If you are not a fan of Windows 8, which we hope you are, you can pick up a copy of Windows 7 instead.
Businesses looking to upgrade should look at the various programs offered by Microsoft for easy migration including “The Windows XP Migration Jumpstart Offering” and “Premier Support Migration Accelerators”.
Do you work for a company that still uses Windows XP? Show them the above info graph and see if you can help move them forward!
Source: MSDN; via WinBeta
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