Microsoft announces end of support for Windows XP

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[/caption] The expiration of support for Windows XP is deemed necessary due to the dramatic evolution of technology, the company said. ?Business and personal technology has dramatically changed over the last decade. PC desktops are now commonly found side by side with laptops, and newer form factors like Ultrabooks, all-in-ones, and tablets,” the software maker said. ?Writeable CDs are today replaced by cloud-based storage solutions like SkyDrive. Connectivity and accessibility once limited to offices is now possible at home, in the car or even on a beach,? it added. The Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PH-CERT) said upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 8 is beneficial among users and organizations because the shift will entitle them to more frequent and more efficient security updates to protect their laptops and PCs from vulnerable attacks. ?As the security landscape evolved and new threats emerge, it is critical that businesses ensure they protect their data and IP against the latest threats with a modern Windows 8 OS, browser and hardware,? said Albert dela Cruz, Director of PH-CERT and CIO of PhilWeb. Mae Rivera-Moreno, Windows client business lead of Microsoft Philippines said, ?While XP was one of the most popular operating systems in Microsoft?s history, it was not designed to handle the challenges of today, such as the increased exposure to cyber-attacks and demands for more data privacy, unlike our newer operating systems such as Windows 7 and 8. ?By far, the security risk is the most concerning for customers as there are more sophisticated forms of attack which can impact safety of personal information and the hidden costs associated with support and business continuity. An 11-year-old operating system can no longer address today?s business and technology needs nor security threats,? Rivera-Moreno said. In addition to the severe security issues, continued use of XP poses additional threats including compliance issues such as encryption, hashing, and signing, while more than 60 percent of independent software vendors and modern browsers no longer support XP, said Microsoft. To support SMBs in this effort, Microsoft announced the Windows Upgrade Center website where SMBs can get more information about this issue.]]>

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