Windows XP is dying. Actually, the actual death has been scheduled and Microsoft is constructing the gallows. Windows XP's end of life (EOL) is in April 2014. We've provided a LOT of coverage on it recently to, hopefully, remind folks that the date is imminent and how crucial it is to take notice and rid the company of the decade old operating system before it's swinging in the wind. If you've somehow missed the coverage, or just need a link to send on to management as a sort of nudge, you can capture it all here: Windows IT Pro's Death of Windows XP coverage
One piece of the coverage I'd like to highlight is one written recently that talks about how keeping Windows XP on active desktops after EOL is the potential for disaster. In Add Sluggish Windows XP Migrations to Your Company's Disaster Recovery Plans, I was enlightened to another aspect of using an old, unsupported operating system, and that's the very real, probable circumstance where hackers will wait until after EOL and start hammering companies still using Windows XP.
And, that really speaks to today's Infographic provided by Microsoft. Did you know that, right now, Windows XP is 21 times more likely to be infected by malware than Windows 8? And, this is while Windows XP is still supported. Can you imagine how that will change once the 13 year old OS is defunct?
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