Friday, 15 July 2011

The end of Windows XP

An American genealogy blogger, Dick Eastman, has a story that will be of interest to many people over here concerning the Windows XP operating system. If like me you still use XP - and 51% of all Microsoft computers around the world apparently still do - our days are numbered. In just under 1000 days Microsoft is withdrawing all support for the system permanently. Clearly by then they intend to have a decent replacement!

The cut off date is April 8th 2014. The system will continue to operate on your computers after this date, but if you end up with a major virus attack or some other sort of issue on your PC, Microsoft will no longer be the group you turn to for answers, and you may need to seek a third party for assistance. Sadly this is one of those set ups where the phrase "if it ain't broke don't fix it" will apply, as Bill Gates and chums have money to make, and we're in the way!

As ever, back all your data up regularly!

(With thanks to Dick Eastman)



Christine said...

Take heart, Chris. I too am a strong proponant of XP. However, I now use Window 7 and it is every bit as user friendly as XP. Take the plunge, you won't be sorry.

Chris Paton said...

I suspect by 2014 we'll be onto Windows 8 - and then 9 - and then 10... etc!