If you haven’t heard, Microsoft is ending support for the Windows XP Operating System in April 2014. What does this mean to you? Well, if you still have computers running on XP (and many businesses do), it means that those computers will no longer receive security updates from Microsoft. This means that any new security vulnerabilities found in Windows XP (and there are more being discovered all the time) will NOT be fixed as they have always been fixed in the past.
This means that your Windows XP machines will be especially vulnerable to viruses/malware after April 2014, and there won’t be much you can do about it. In fact, speculation is that hackers and malware writers are “stockpiling” their exploits and will release them once the April deadline hits, wreaking havoc on those who have not taken the prudent step to upgrade their software.
This date is quickly approaching and many businesses still use Windows XP. Unless there is a very good business reason to keep using Windows XP, we highly recommend retiring the machine and replacing it with Windows 7 or 8. Besides, any machine running Windows XP has to be at least 5+ years old, so replacing it with new hardware makes good business sense anyway.