Sunday, December 29, 2013

Official Doomsday For Windows XP Announced

Microsoft has revealed that the long reign of Windows XP operating system will come to an end on April 8, 2014. Along with the all-time favorite Windows OS, technical support for Windows XP Professional for Embedded Systems and Microsoft Office 2003 will also be terminated. Microsoft tech support center thereby urges XP and Office 2003 users to move on to latest platforms, as no more security updates and patches will be issued for the said programs after the term end.

Most businesses rely on Windows XP because of its reliability, easy functioning, simple graphical user interface, and widespread compatibility with third party software programs. Thus, business entities are pressurized to quickly move on to another platform that would offer such features, and ensure security of the data in their systems.

As soon as the official tech support for XP ends, hackers will be free to target the outdated system. Speaking on the matter in Lagos, Awawu Olumide-Sojinrin, the acting country manager for Microsoft Nigeria, said Microsoft understands the situation, and thus is notifying the Windows XP user community to migrate to another platform before the cut-off date.

“Migration is taken for granted until it is experienced. It is therefore wise for customers and partners to move with the changing technology trend by migrating to the Windows 8 and Office 2013 platform within the 8-month period,” she said in the conference.

Microsoft tech support suggests users to migrate to Windows 8 operating system, which is optimized for modern business trends. Built on the foundation of Windows 7 platform, the latest member of the Windows family offers the best speed, reliability, and security features that users have ever experienced before.

With features like Direct Access in Windows 8, businesses can gain better productivity and mobility, as it allows users to use the resources provided by the organization when on the go. Director of Solutions & Sales datacenter specialist at Microsoft Nigeria, Oluyomi Alarape said, “There are several re-engineering and attacks that needs to be catered for as a result of the changing technology landscape. Businesses stand to have huge risks if they do not migrate because there will be no security updates to meet security requirements.”

As it is obvious that people nowadays are more inclined towards mobile devices like tablet PCs and smartphones, which offer the same services as a traditional desktop would. Thus, Microsoft officials believe that the ultra-modern Windows 8 operating system, which is capable to serve both the conventional desktops as well as touch screen devices like Tablets, would be a great platform for businesses to move on to.

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