Microsoft has warned consumers and businesses that they will soon need to upgrade their Windows XP systems or face the consequences of running an unsupported OS.
The 11-year old OS, first released in August 2001, has been scheduled for end of support on 8th April 2014, just under two years from now. Microsoft Office 2003 will also cease to be supported.
On the Windows Team Blog, Microsoft employee, Stella Chernyak wrote,
Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted. Technology continues to evolve and so do people’s needs and expectations. Modern users demand technologies that fit their personal workstyle and allow them to stay productive anywhere anytime, while businesses have an ever increasing need to protect data and ensure security, compliance and manageability. It is in a company’s – and its employees’ – best interest to take advantage of the modern Windows and Office software that is designed with these needs in mind.
Now, the question is, if you're currently using Windows XP, should you upgrade to Windows 7 or wait for Windows 8, which is scheduled for release late this year?
In our opinion, with two years left on XP's death clock, there's no immediate need to upgrade. Furthermore, if you have any plans to buy a Windows 8 tablet, it might be a good idea to wait.
Source: Windows Team Blog