It’s almost time to say goodbye to Windows XP – the longest-supported operating system in Microsoft history. It’s never easy to say goodbye to an old friend -- and XP now more than 12 years old. But the world has changed since 2001 and today’s IT environment is filled with challenges that no one could have foreseen back when XP development began in the late 1990s.

Of course, we’ve long known this day would come. Microsoft set 8 April 2014 as the end-of-support date for Windows XP way back in October of 2007.  Since that time we’ve been working hard to let our customers know about the end of support deadline. We’ve also been working with customers and partners to help the migration from Windows XP to a modern operating system.

Last year CESG and BIS published the “10 Steps to Cyber Security” which recommends organisations use “automated patch management software and tools” and “to use the latest versions of operating systems, web browsers and applications”. As Windows XP users will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft after 8th April 2014, we are encouraging all our customers to take the steps necessary to migrate from Windows XP to a modern operating system.

 Check out this handy infographic from the Microsoft Services team to get the facts on the end of support for Windows XP. (Click on the image to download the file as a high quality pdf.)

Want to learn more about what the end of XP support means for you? Contact Microsoft Services at ukservices_xpeos@microsoft.com.