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Windows XP end of service looming, and security risks will continue

Microsoft officially pulls the plug on Windows XP next Tuesday, April 8, and many consumers and businesses will be left exposed to potential threats

By Michael Hatamoto on Apr 2, 2014 at 03:38 pm CDT - 0 mins, 47 secs reading time

Just days away from the Microsoft Windows XP end of service, to take effect on Tuesday, April 8, there are still millions of users relying on the aging operating system.

Windows XP end of service looming, and security risks will continue |

Between business computers and consumer PCs, XP market share is still 28 percent worldwide, amounting to about 300 million PCs - many of them including ATMs, electric and water, and similar critical infrastructure.

"[It's like] there's a big air bubble on the side of your tire and it's going to fail,"said Mark Bernardo, General Electric GM of automation software, when speaking to WSJ. "It's not a question of if, it's a question of when."

Microsoft and security vendors have repeatedly warned current XP users they will face significant security threats after the April 8 deadline.

Windows XP remains the most popular OS Microsoft has released, despite being 12 years old - poor reception due to Windows Vista and Windows 8 certainly didn't help - though Microsoft wants to move users towards 8/8.1.

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