Microsoft wants you to finally stop using Windows XP. Microsoft announced this week that they will no longer be supporting Windows XP in any of their security updates, and are urging anyone left on the 12-year-old operating system to upgrade their device. To help offset costs, Microsoft is offering a $100 credit towards upgrading your system to one of their more current models. The credit applies to any new computer or laptop priced from $600 to $2300, and lasts until June 15th. The $100 Microsoft upgrade credit also comes with 90 days of free technical support, which serves as an incentive to encourage even the most stubborn, most un-tech savvy consumers to finally make the switch. The card is not redeemable for cash, or combinable with any other discounts or offers.
Microsoft's so-called "end-of-life" date for XP is slated for April 8th. After the 8th, XP users will be exposed to major security vulnerabilites and harmful viruses. CNN Money estimates that about 6% of companies' PCs will still be using XP after the deadline. Microsoft claims that XP is five times more susceptible to cyber attacks than Windows 8, its latest operating system.
Microsoft putting an end to support for Windows XP next month? Repent, the end is nigh.
— Thomax Beats (@thomaxbeats) March 29, 2014
"A year ago, 35% of machines for small businesses were still on XP," said Sergio Galindo, a GFI Software manager who works to support small and mid-sized business. Sergio says XP will still work for these business, but it's more like "expired milk": "If you drink it one day after it expires, you're OK. But after a month, the risk is exponentially greater. You can get a new PC that's running Windows 8 for about the same price of repairs on a four year old PC."
Thomas Hansen, VP of Worldwide Small and Medium Business at Microsoft, adds that Windows 8 is simply "designed for how we work today. These new technologies provide people with a consistent and personalized experience enabling them to collaborate with colleagues and get business done efficiently."
— Windows (@Windows) March 29, 2014
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