Microsoft has recently announced that it will no longer support its 11-year-old operating system, Windows XP, starting April of next year.
Starting April 8, 2014, Windows XP will no longer receive security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft. The Redmond-based company is advising consumers and businesses to upgrade to newer operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8 to be able to benefit from more frequent and more efficient security updates.
“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,” says Mae Rivera-Moreno, Windows Client Business Lead of Microsoft Philippines. “An 11-year-old operating system can no longer address today’s business and technology needs nor security threats.”
According to Microsoft’s estimated data, there are 11.2 million PCs in the Philippines, 3.6 million are still running on Windows XP.