Windows XP Retirement April 2014

A recent PC Word article reminded those with old PCs still running Windows XP that “Windows XP retirement nears.” All this year, I’ve been noting this event to any clients still using that old Microsoft system.

… in April of next year, 2014, Microsoft will execute on its long published maintenance plan and stop commercial support for Windows XP. Starting in May, Windows XP will stop receiving security updates, even for highly critical security flaws …

For most people, the risks aren’t worth hanging on to an old PC, especially when a new, better PC can be purchased for around $400 or less. Yes, a new PC comes with Windows 8, which requires dealing with “look and feel” changes. But I’ve helped a few clients this year with that transition, customizing the experience and coaching them. They’re doing okay.