Microsoft will continue to update security software for its 12-year old Windows XP operating system until July 14th, 2015. Previously, they were planning to end support by April 8th, 2014. But they decided to extend the deadline because so many organizations were behind on the migration process.
The extended support applies to the following:
- System Center Endpoint Protection
- Forefront Endpoint Protection
- Forefront Client Security
- Windows Intune running XP for enterprise customers
- Microsoft Security Essentials for consumers
Businesses Using XP Will Be Vulnerable To Security Threats
Microsoft claims the extension doesn’t affect the end-of-support date for Windows XP. Businesses and individuals alike are strongly encouraged to upgrade to newer versions of Windows. A Microsoft blog post states:
“Our research shows that the effectiveness of antimalware solutions on out-of-support operating systems is limited. Running a well-protected solution starts with using modern software and hardware designed to help protect against today’s threat landscape.”
So why are so many businesses still running Windows XP?
Microsoft warns against it, security experts warn against it, IT providers warn against it; yet businesses continue to run the operating system without plans for migration.
They claim to have trouble migrating for a variety of reasons:
- Lack of money
- Lack of time
- Lack of technical resources
- Compatibility problems with older software
The potential for downtimes or complete data loss should be a huge concern for businesses running Windows XP after the end of support date.
If the cost of migration is stopping you from migrating from XP, consider the cost of downtime or a data breach. In the long run, it’s cheaper to migrate to another operating system.
Sydney Technology Solutions can help you migrate to a new operating system in a smooth and timely fashion while ensuring compatibility with your current software. We’ll help you select and implement a secure operating system to protect your business from security threats and data breaches. For more information, or a complimentary assessment of your IT system call (02) 8212 4722 or email us at: [email protected]