Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years, however that time is about to come to an end. Microsoft announced they have decided to invest their resources toward supporting more recently released software. Critics argue Microsoft is forcing people to buy upgrades they don’t feel they need, while Microsoft stands by Windows XP support ending in the hopes it will lead to better service for all their products.
April 8, 2014 will be the last day which technical assistance for Windows XP will be available, this even includes automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing their widely praised Microsoft Security Essentials protection software for download on Windows XP aswell. We suggest any current Windows XP user to download Microsoft Security Essentials before support ends, as you will continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time. While this does not mean that your PC will be secure, it will certainly help.
You can continue to to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work. However, over time it will become more vulnerable. Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to help protect your PC from malicious software or viruses. As more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP. Windows XP support ending doesn’t mean you have to upgrade now, but it does mean an upgrade is inevitable.