Losing Microsoft’s Windows XP support at the end of life
After Microsoft ends support of Windows XP, it will no longer provide software updates for the operating system (OS). Of greatest concern are the security fixes that protect against malware such as viruses and worms. According to Microsoft’s Security Intelligence Report, Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) — the only version still receiving security updates — is over twice as vulnerable to infections as the 32-bit version of Windows 7 SP1 and nearly three times as vulnerable as the 64-bit version. Without security updates, Windows XP will become increasingly vulnerable. Cybercriminals may step up their attacks after the Windows XP end of life.
And it’s not just the lack of security patches that causes IT to lose sleep. Operating system updates also improve reliability and keep hardware running properly. But after April 2014, those protections are gone, along with per-incident support services and hotfix agreement support. Windows XP might seem stable today, but in just over a year that stability might be little more than a memory