Windows XP Lives On

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Windows XP isn’t dead yet. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) may no longer support Windows XP, but the operating system is far from dead and gone. About a quarter of the world’s computers use the now unsupported system, reported CNET.

Some of these computers are still supported. The British and Dutch governments made deals with Microsoft to continue support for a year so that they had time to upgrade their systems. Corporate clients were also offered the opportunity to continue support for a year to ease the process of upgrading. Some of these computers are unsupported, making them vulnerable to malware and other hazards.

Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP in April, more than 12 years after the operating system debuted in August 2001. It also dropped support for Microsoft Office 2003 the same day. Discontinuing support means no security or bug fixes, no new software patches, and new technology will likely not be compatible with the older operating system, making the software vulnerable to security risks.

Microsoft made customers aware of this change on its website. The technology giant advised that home users update to Windows 8, Windows 7, or buy an entirely new device that came with these operating systems. For government and corporate clients, it offered an additional year of support for extra cost, during which the clients were supposed to upgrade computers running the now-outdated operating system.