As Support Deadline Looms, Many Still Use Windows XP

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The software company AppSense has just released some interesting numbers. They say that 77 percent of British companies still use Windows XP, the 12-year-old operating system from Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT). This is a big problem, because Microsoft is officially ending support for Windows XP next week, on April 8.

That means that everyone still using Windows XP after the deadline will be left out in the cold when it comes to technical support from Microsoft, as well as security updates that prevent viruses, spyware, and other malicious attacks. Additionally, according to Microsoft, “Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA may find that they are no longer able to satisfy compliance requirements.” All of these could present big problems for any businesses that are still using the operating system after the deadline.

Worse, according to AppSense’s chief technologist Simon Townsend, “It might be the case that an XP machine is running a print server, or some other application which is not entirely obvious. The reality is though, that one machine could potentially put an entire network at risk and without adequate protection it could be a step into the unknown for UK businesses.” This could lead to major costs for some businesses, especially if the computers they use aren’t powerful enough to run newer versions of Windows.

Digital Spy says that companies will be able to pay for continued support for their computers running Windows XP after the deadline. However, AppSpense’s data suggests that less than a third of the British companies they surveyed had plans to do so.

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