Death of Windows XP – It’s the Xpocalypse

Time to Upgrade

Software, (like anything else) has a finite life span. Unlike the overblown predicted Y2K armageddon or the more recent Mayan apocalypse this one has real consequences – at least in the world of information technology. As of April 8th 2014 Microsoft will no longer be support Windows XP in any form. This means that users of Windows XP will not receive patches, security updates or support moving forward. It is the Xpocalypse or end of days for Windows XP. This effectively makes running XP an impossibly risky and dangerous proposition for any organization wanting stability & security of their infrastructures. The takeaway is simple: XP should be replaced with all due swiftness.

The Microsoft Security Blog states:
“There is a sense of urgency because after April 8, Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) customers will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.  This means that any new vulnerabilities discovered in Windows XP after its “end of life” will not be addressed by new security updates from Microsoft.”  See the full post at the MS Security Blog

Why the XPocalypse?

Software and hardware are created by manufacturers with a planned life span. Most of this planning mirrors the demands of the customers and the desire of the manufacturers for profits. In our system of free market capitalism manufacturers create and support solutions only as long as they can be profitable. More modern Microsoft releases of Window Windows 7 and Windows 8 are the flagship products that are currently support for many years to come.

What are the Risks?

The risks are downtime, data loss and cyber security nightmares. This is not an exercise in theory but a certainty. As with any End of Life/End of Support hardware or software it becomes excessively risky to run and a danger to the lifeblood of your business. When your software supplier drops support is a key indication to make a change or suffer real tangible financial risks to your business.

There is Hope – Just Upgrade

Yup it's time to upgrade to anything else!Thankfully 99% of my customers are a mix of modern supported OS’s such as Apple OSX, Windows Vista/7/8 and Linux/Unix/BSD so I don’t have a true worry about the coming Xpocalypse. The reason for my post it to bring it once again to the fore of those non-customer and friends who have yet to upgrade. After a life span of nearly 12 years it is time to send XP to pasture for evermore. Even a slide rule or an abacus would be a distinct improvement over XP at this time. Kidding aside, today is the day to plan to move toward a newer and supported operating system. Seriously, just upgrade already! =)

10 thoughts on “Death of Windows XP – It’s the Xpocalypse”

  1. Windows XP was the first Windows OS that I ever used and it is sad to see it no longer being supported. However, there are new and more innovative operating system that have been released over the years, which have meant that the capability of people’s PCs has improved dramatically. It is simply time to upgrade.

  2. I think that this has been coming for a long time, and it is most likely for the best that Microsoft has decided to take this action. XP is now several generations old and considering that we are soon due the next OS from Microsoft it is time that people who are still using this dated OS upgrade. It’s not as if a copy of Windows Vista/7/8.1 is particularly expensive either…

  3. My understanding is that Microsoft wanted to make a push to stop supporting XP & Vista together. Either way, XP was great and I am sure we will all be just fine and adapt.

    1. Microsoft products have 10 year lifecycles. Windows Vista is good until April 11, 2017 so there was no way Microsoft would drop support for XP and Vista at the same time.

  4. Still waiting for the Xpocalypse. No problems so far everything works fine and fast. Looks like the Y2K-hoax.

    1. But it isn’t a hoax — you really need to upgrade. It is truly a perpetual 0-day and a HUGE security risk on your part to run it at all. NO ONE should be running EOL software or hardware. Besides there are a LOT of open source BSD and Linux alternatives if the $$$ is an issue.

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