Does this mean I'll finally have to get a new computer!?! Nooooo!!!!
If you love Windows XP and have depended on support and security updates from Microsoft, you’re in a world of hurt today – the company has ended support for the persistently popular program yesterday. The move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.
About 30-percent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world are still running the 12-year-old operating system. As Patrick Thomas, a security consultant at the San Jose, California-based firm Neohapsis, puts it, "What once was considered low-hanging fruit by hackers now has a big neon bull's eye on it.”
XP's popularity and the durability of the computers it was installed on kept it around longer than expected. Not sure if you have it? Analysts say that if a PC is more than five years old, chances are it's running XP. While users can still run the system, Microsoft says it will no longer provide security updates, issue fixes to non-security related problems or offer online technical content updates. The company is discontinuing XP to focus on maintaining its newer operating systems, the core programs that run personal computers.