Today heralds the end of an era. After 12 years, support for Microsoft Windows XP will end on today, 8th April 2014 (in around 14 hours time after this article is published).
This comes as no surprise as the date for the end of Windows XP extended support was announced about 6 years ago.
Opinion: While Windows XP was a great operating system when it was released, it is now significantly out of date. Microsoft have released Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 since. I have heard of situations where people say that they are looking at competitive solutions to Windows and Office because Microsoft is behind the times and not embracing new technologies. When you look closer, you find that they are comparing Windows XP and Office 2003 or Office 2007 (7-10 year old software) with the latest technology from our competitors. They should be comparing against Windows 8.1 and Office 365 or Office 2013 to get the big picture of how the Microsoft devices and services ecosystem really works.
To help those still using Windows XP. I wanted to bring together a number of resources from Microsoft websites and blog articles to help explain what the end of support means for both consumer and enterprise customers and what options are available moving forward:
Today also brings the release of the Windows 8.1 Update. The update to the Windows 8.1 release. This update includes a number of features designed to make using the Modern UI and Start Page of Windows 8 easier for users on non-touch (mouse and keyboard only) systems.
Check out the video and blog post below:
Introducing the Windows 8.1 Update (Direct Link)
For more information on what Windows 8.1 Update offers, have a look at the following post from the Windows Experience Blog:
Hope you find this information useful.
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