(The Hosting News) – Microsoft will end support for Windows XP, the second most widely used operating system, as of April 8th, reports CNN.
“Thus, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment,” states Microsoft’s website.
“To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.”
According to NetMarketShare, 29% of computers across the world run on XP, including 20% of North American and European corporate computers and three quarters of Chinese PCs.
Others affected by this transition will be ATMs, as about 95% of U.S. ATMs are currently using the XP system.
Bloomberg Bussinessweek noted that roughly 15% of ATMs will be upgraded before April 8th, leaving thousands vulnerable to malware attacks.
In 2002, Microsoft introduced the Support Lifecycle policy, issuing Microsoft Business and Developer products a minimum of 10 years of support for Windows and Office products.