The big day is here! After 12 extended and fruitful years, Microsoft has terminated support for one of its most popular operating systems. Windows XP is, as of today, officially retired.
Sure, the OS will be in line to receive its final set of security fixes as part of Patch Tuesday later in the day, but starting tomorrow, the operating system that launched on October 25, 2001 will become vulnerable to attacks — with no bug fixes from Redmond.
Microsoft talked about this in a short tweet, warning users that not upgrading could place their businesses at risk. The company also launched a special new page to mark the occasion.
The tagline of this new page is “Goodbye XP. Hello future.”
And even though the OS has lived on far longer than initially expected, the software titan goes on to explain that Windows XP is no longer a secure operating platform:
“After 13 years of loyal service, support for Windows XP and Office 2003 officially ended on 8 April 2014. And while PCs running XP still work, we’re no longer offering technical support, seeding security patches, pushing bug fixes or developing service packs.
Find out what the end of Windows XP support means to your company, what your options are and how a switch to today’s tools and devices can place your business on the front foot for tomorrow.”
While mainstream support for Window XP ended five years ago, in April 2009 to be exact, Microsoft has since been providing extended support for the operating system.
The company will continue to provide a level of support for those that can shell out millions for it, but even those banks, institutions, industries, businesses and government organizations that have opted for this route are finalizing their plans to upgrade to a newer platform.
Many will continue running Windows XP for the foreseeable future, however, and it will be interesting to see the numbers. But for the 28 or so percent of users that are still running Windows XP, it begins.
So long then, Windows XP. Goodbye.