Patch Tuesday serves as timely reminder of XP support countdown

The penultimate Patch Tuesday, Microsoft’s monthly release of security updates, has provided large businesses with a reminder of what they’ll be missing in three weeks’ time when Microsoft stops supporting the 13-year-old Windows XP.

March 2014’s series of security updates included, MS14-012 a family of 18 remote execution flaws in all versions of Windows XP running Internet Explorer from IE6 to IE11 in Windows 8.1.

However, while Windows 8.1 users will continue to be supported by Patch Tuesday for some years to come, those running XP will be on their own in 21 days. After 8th April 2014 those who choose to run XP could see a rise in drive-by downloads and zero-day exploits, among other things.

As a result, businesses running XP are likely to have to deal with rising support costs from the IT department, and lost productivity from the users whose PC and laptops require manual fixes.

If your business is looking to upgrade XP systems, the XP Migration Hub on Computerworld UK is here to help. With advice on how you can make XP apps work with Windows 8, along with tips to help you convince your Financial Director to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, the XP Migration Hub provides a one-stop-shop for larger businesses looking for advice on their XP strategy.


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