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Microsoft announces end of support for Windows XP

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.


This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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17 Responses

  1. Unless Microsoft ends the support for it, people would still be using XP. I don’t agree that XP can’t handle today’s security threats — there’s Microsoft Security Essentials for that.

    • anonymous says:

      MSE is also part of the “security updates” given by Microsoft. I doubt they’ll continue to provide updates for it.

      It’s the app developers themselves who’ll decide when to end support for winXP. Example, Mozilla (Firefox) will still support winXP since a huge chunk of their browser is installed on this OS. The same goes for other apps.

      Majority of computer users are fine with whatever OS they have as long as their apps work. Users of 5-10 year old hardware wouldn’t waste their time upgrading their windows OS just to find their hardware crippled by the new OS.

    • OL BS says:

      @el toro

      Is that your expert opinion? Do you honestly believe that MSE can protect your ass? You must from Mars! LOL

      You can install all the AV and firewalls you want but it won’t protect your ass from malware. I can get inside XP within 5 seconds using its infamous RPC exploits! MSE or not!

    • @OL BS

      MSE is enough to take care of your computer’s security — provided that you practice safe surfing (and safe emailing) in the first place.

      I’m using MSE and obviously I’m satisfied with it. Never had problems with malware or virus. Simply because I combine it with safe surfing in the first place.

      You want to sound techie OL BS? Who are you fooling? :)

  2. eric says:

    marketing strategy para mabili ang windows7 at 8.

    • jefdev says:

      Of course, its a marketing strategy to Microsoft. Almost all tech companies use the same strategy ‘unconsciously force’ consumer to buy their products. Everyone do the same with their computer hardware, Video cards release almost every quartlery a refresh to their GPU line and even smartphones do it on the same frequency.

      This is not a new strategy guys, companies like these spend millions on marketing analyst to study and make profits out of them.

      It’s basically how the consumerism works.

    • As per Microsoft’s support life cycle policy, 10 years lang ang minimum life and support na binibigay nila sa mga products na nirerelease nila at di exceptions dito ang XP. In fact MS will also end support for other several products such Office 2003… http://stechienotes.com/microsoft-windows-xp-end-of-support/

  3. Boy_Trivia says:

    kailangan na rin cguro mag-level up ng mga computer shops sa pilipinas .. karamihan kc xp eung ginagamit na operating system ..

  4. lalaland says:

    lol… natawa ako..ending their most famous OS just like that? anyways i think moving to windows 7 will be a better move than windows 8.. its just so confusing with all the gestures…

    pero i think 11 million is not the real number… most internet cafe still use XP even penguin cafe’s (and to think its a linux’ logo but uses windows XP) coz app like metacafe isnt available for 7…

  5. abuzalzal says:

    Senyales to na nilalangaw talaga ang Win8….2014 pa dapat I end yung support mukhang napa aga ….. luging. Intsik nasi Ballmer at Gates lahat kasi puro Google ang spotlight wawang mga bata

  6. Virtual says:

    Ilan ba sa 3.6m ang talagang genuine?
    April 2009 pa natapos ang Mainstream Support ng Microsoft sa XP. Extended Support na lang yung matatapos sa 2014.
    At ang Extended Support ay available lang sa mga Commercial Customer.

  7. meh says:

    Its just a matter of time, they drop support for XP, XP then gets exploited and then all the businesses in the philippines suffer because they use pirated xp on old hardware.

    Just sit back and watch it all happen. Mark this post to say i told you so.

  8. benchmark says:

    IMHO Windows XP is one of the most stable OS of windows, next to Windows 98.

    It doesn’t require high specs PC to run.

    Anyway, there are cheaper windows 7 starter naman.

    • thecorrescode says:

      Why go for Windows 7 Starter na may limited number of application lang na pede i-run, whereas mayroon namang FREE na available like Ubuntu. Virus free pa…

  9. OL BS says:

    Related to this article is this –> http://technology.inquirer.net/24581/research-firm-pc-sales-plunge-as-windows-8-flops which mean only one thing, PC era is about to end. MS do not have a mobile strategy that is why everything they do from hereon in fails! Even Bill admits this –> http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-02/20/bill-gates-mobile-phones

    Enough said!

  10. WiseOne says:

    OMG does this mean popular software vendors would stop making programs compatible with XP? I hope not..

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