The End of Windows XP | Why You Should Update

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posted 4/4/2014 in Education

At Northwest Bank, we value our customers and want to keep them informed and safe. We feel it is important to share technology updates that could directly impact the security of sensitive information. For those who currently use a Windows XP computer, we encourage you to read about the end to this operating system below.

The Windows XP operating system was released in 2001 in an effort to combine the “personal side of Windows” (95/98/ME) and the “business side” (NT/2000). After a couple of Service Packs (major updates to address system and security issues) Windows XP took hold and lasted far longer than most expected. Since then, Microsoft has released Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. So, why should you upgrade?

Microsoft is putting an end to the XP Operating System on April 8, 2014 - the time to upgrade is now.

When Windows XP reaches its end-of-life in April this operating system will no longer be supported. By not being supported, the biggest concern is security: Microsoft will no longer be sending regular updates to patch the operating system. Without these patches, the operating system will become much more vulnerable to the risk of being hacked or compromised – and there’s no getting around it except to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.

Windows 7 will be around and supported for quite some time – January of 2020, according to Microsoft. And Windows 8 beyond that. So, go ahead and upgrade; you’ll be in good shape for at least another six years.