The announcement from Microsoft to end support and the life of XP as an active operating system has been buzzing through the internet for more than 2 years now.
The reality is that XP EOL(end of life) is not the biggest problem.
XP will not STOP working on April 8, 2014.
XP will NOT suddenly crash on April 8, 2014.
XP will NOT uninstall itself or delete your data on April 8, 2014.
As far as Microsoft is concerned, it WILL continue to operate. You just don’t get any more updates, fixes or security patches going forward.
The biggest problem is that most 3rd party software companies will simultaneously make XP a non-compliant operating system for their own software needs. This means that if you use 3rd party software for accounting, contact management(CRM), legal transactions, banking transactions etc, those companies may not only discontinue support for XP but may FORCE you to discontinue use because it no longer complies with national or industry related standards.
A good example is for HIPAA and PIPEDA here in Canada where for medical practitioners, XP will no longer be accepted as a secure operating system which puts doctors and medical professionals in jeopardy of violating the law.
Exactly how this will be enforced, transitioned or distributed is still up in the air but if you are still on XP as your primary source, you may want contact your software providers for details on their requirements moving forward from April 8, 2014.
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