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10 Apr 2012

XP Free extended support to end April 2014

Microsoft have announced the end of free extended support for Windows XP (using Service Pack 3).
After April 8 2014 only customer will to pay for expensive corporate support contracts will receive security patchs and similar updates.
All other XP users will become vulnerable to any new malware attacks and stay vulnerable.

According to Microsoft ...
"Running Windows XP SP3 in your environment after April 8, 2104 may expose you to potential risks, such as:
Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is unsupported.

Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA may find that they are no longer able to satisfy compliance requirements. More information on HHS’s view on the security requirements for information systems that contain electronic protected health information (e-PHI) can be found here (HHS HIPAA FAQ - Security Rule).

Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Support:
Many software vendors will no longer support their products running on Windows XP as they are unable to receive Windows XP updates. For example, the new Office takes advantage of the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP.

Hardware Manufacturer support:
Most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on existing and new hardware. This will also mean that drivers required to run Windows XP on new hardware may not be available."

"Can Windows XP Mode in Windows 7 still be used in Windows XP?
Windows XP Mode follows the same support lifecycle as Windows XP, extended support will end April 8, 2014."