Microsoft issued a statement today that it remains firm on its stand to end support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. The software giant advises everyone to upgrade asap to a more modern operating system to prevent a security risk. Despite being 12 years old, Windows XP still has a marketshare of around 27 percent.
In a statement sent to Neowin today when we asked about the three month deadline for the OS and its status, a Microsoft spokesperson said:
Yes, Windows XP support is ending on April 8. After April 8, 2014, Windows XP users will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft. Third parties may provide ongoing support, but it’s important to recognize that support will not address fixes and security patches in the core Windows kernel.
Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases more than a decade ago, but technology has evolved along with the needs and expectations of your customers and partners that have already adopted modern platforms and devices. Companies still on Windows XP are also missing out on tangible benefits of modernizing their IT investments from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice to meet the needs of a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and lower total cost of ownership by future-proofing their IT investments. A 12-year-old operating system can no longer address today’s business and technology needs nor security threats.