Redmond has already made it clear that it will not be extending the Windows XP retirement date any further. After having done so once, the software titan will no longer release updates for the old operating system as of April 8, 2014.
And the company is urging the XP user base to make their move to a newer version of the operating system as soon as possible, whether it is Windows 7 or Windows 8 — preferably the latter.
In a recent blog post celebrating the 20th birthday of Windows NT, Microsoft says that users should get ready for Windows XP full panic mode soon, as sticking with the old operating system beyond the retirement date is very risky.
As Microsoft noted:
“Also a quick reminder, Windows XP will reach end of support on April 8th 2014 which is just a little over 8 months away so if you haven’t started your migration I can’t think of a better time to start. Full panic mode should be just over the horizon. If you are a premier support customer contact your TAM to get any help you need.”
All said and done, the old operating system still remains rather popular, even though many enterprises and businesses have outlined plans to move to a newer version of Windows in the coming months.
Windows XP currently boasts a significant market share. Figures provided by third party market research firm Net Applications claim the ancient operating system to be powering 37 percent of computers connected to the Internet — a figure Microsoft hopes to see reduced to below 10 percent soon.