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Windows XP end-of-life doesn't scare IT managers as much as it should

Microsoft wants users and businesses to finally leave behind the aging Windows XP OS, but migration to newer versions of Windows has been sluggish.

Published Wed, Dec 18 2013 2:29 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Around 80 percent of IT professional still have at least one Microsoft Windows XP-based machine operating in their work environment, with security concerns looming as the end-of-life approaches on April 8, 2014, according to IT company Spiceworks.

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In an alarming revelation, almost half of those surveyed plan to leave at least one XP box running past the end of support, despite continued warnings of security threats. When Microsoft finally pulls the plug on XP support, the OS will face a drastic increase in virus, malware, and other security threats.

Microsoft is frantically trying to prepare home users and businesses to migrate from XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 - but XP, which has remained a popular OS for years, has proven to be hard to leave behind for many. Both Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 are dramatically more secure than Windows XP, as they have a modernized back-end infrastructure to protect from threats.

NEWS SOURCE:theinquirer.net

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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