April 8th 2014 will be a sad day, as Microsoft end their support for Windows XP. XP has been a great system for over 10 years and is still widely used both within the university and across the world.
The end of support for XP means:
- After April 8th 2014, Windows XP computers will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. There is likely to be a significant increase in malware designed to exploit XP in the months after support for XP ends.
- Hardware and software companies are already stopping supporting windows XP on new products and this will continue to become more of a problem as the end of XP approaches.
Before the April 8th deadline for XP, you should upgrade your computer to an up to date version of Windows, such as Windows 7 or Windows 8. This will ensure the continued security and functionality of your computer.