With more than 30% of the marketshare of computer systems out there still working off of Windows XP, Microsoft dropping support is a problem being overlooked. And really, why should the general population care? Computer is working fine so why should I change? I’ve written about the change on my blog in the past, but now Microsoft has announced that Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) on XP will also lose support. Here is a quote from their support page:
After April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date.
Which means that if you have MSE on an XP machine it will stop updating itself entirely leaving you vurnerable to any new viruses that could make your way. And yes, new viruses are created all the time. I’ve also written why you shouldn’t use MSE as your only defense against viruses, but know that it is hard to pass up a free product.
Maybe it is time to finally upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. They are both solid Operating Systems that offer WAY MORE in terms of features and security. Or you could always go the Linux route (preferred) and have the freedom of an open operating system. If you are looking to upgrade your XP machine and need help, email my company at firstname.lastname@example.org.
originally written for Perryspcrepair.com