Windows XP Support will End in April 2014

Windows XP was, in its day, the best operating system out there. It was speedy, safe, productive and seemed such a solid piece of software. In fact, in October almost a third of all computers were still using Windows XP.

As ubiquitous as it was loved, Windows XP has been one of the most popular Windows systems of our generation and will probably go down as one of the most well liked of all time.

When Windows Vista came out, which was meant to be a more advanced version of XP, it just didn’t cut it with Windows fans. Compared to the solidity, speed and security of XP Vista just didn’t work out.

Alas, technology moves on and Windows XP, despite being every inch as dependable and secure as it used to be, was eventually overtaken. It was Windows 7 that eventually took over from XP as the banner bearer of advanced operating systems.

Microsoft repaid their faithful fans with the speedy and responsive Windows 7 after the poor performance of Vista. Windows 7 became very easy to use, with such features as windows that “snap” i.e. fit exactly half of the screen if you move the windows to the left of the right.

It was the success of Windows 7 that really started to drive out Windows XP. With Windows 7 doing so well, less and less updates were released for XP and soon, will cease completely.

On the 8th of April 2014, the eldest member of the Windows Operating system will have it’s support system turned off. That’s not to say that XP will stop working, but support will be dropped for it.

So, if there was a widespread virus affecting XP computers, there would be no update from Microsoft to fix it. You could remove the virus, but your computer will forever remain vulnerable until you upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.

So make sure you upgrade your computer before April.