Support from Microsoft for Windows XP runs out in April; what does this mean if you are still using XP?
1. As part of their support, Microsoft sends regular security updates to protect you against viruses and security hacks. These updates will stop leaving you open to potential viruses and hackers.
2. Independent software companies including internet browsers and Skype have a duty to ensure their applications are compatible with current Windows operating systems. When Microsoft stops supporting XP, many software producers will stop ensuring their applications are compatible with XP meaning you may not be able to run them at all or they will have problems.
Why they are stopping Support:
In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.
So for the same price as buying a Windows 7 licence you can get a refurbished Computer or Laptop with Windows 7 and a 1 year warranty! It’s a no brainer!
If you would like to read more about this direct from the Microsoft website please see: http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx