With just one year to go before it pulls the plug on Windows XP, Microsoft is giving users of the popular but aging operating system an incentive to upgrade: an upgrade discount.
In a promotional website, Microsoft said it is ending support for XP by April 8, 2014 – meaning XP users by then will no longer get security updates.
“Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is unsupported,” it said.
Also, it said many software and hardware vendors will no longer support their products running on Windows XP since they cannot get Windows XP and Office 2003 updates.