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In this Monday, June 18, 2012, file photo, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer comments on the Windows 8 operating system. The PC industry is in a slump, as consumers show more interest in tablet computers and smartphones. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Microsoft announced Thursday that it would shut down support for its 11-year old Windows XP operating system widely used in personal computers and laptops.

“Windows XP will no longer receive security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates from Microsoft after April 8, 2014,” Windows said in a statement.

“More than 3.6 million Filipino Windows XP users need to upgrade as early as this year to avoid risks of destructive malware attacks,” it said.

Windows said that it would end support for XP because “technology has dramatically changed.”

“The expiration of support for Windows XP is deemed necessary due to the dramatic evolution of technology. Business and personal technology has dramatically changed over the last decade,” it said.

Mae Rivera-Moreno, Windows Client Business Lead of Microsoft Philippines, said in that statement that XP was no longer equipped to handle the challenges of the present times.

“While XP was one of the most popular operating systems in Microsoft’s history, it was not designed to handle the challenges of today, such as the increased exposure to cyber-attacks and demands for more data privacy, unlike our newer operating systems such as Windows 7 and 8,” she said.

“By far, the security risk is the most concerning for customers as there are more sophisticated forms of attack which can impact safety of personal information and the hidden costs associated with support and business continuity.
An 11-year-old operating system can no longer address today’s business and technology needs nor security threats,” Moreno said.

Microsoft also cited the sharp increase of “hacktivism” in 2012 as a reason why consumers should upgrade from XP to the latest operating systems such as Windows 7 or 8.


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Tags: infotech , IT , Microsoft , Software , Technolgy , Windows XP

  • marakazhutha

    Considering a developing nation like India, Microsoft Windows XP is having a larger market share than any other version of their OS. Shutting down support for this version though unfortunate, may be the need of the times.

  • http://twitter.com/brixvillapando brix villapando

    After the news that windows 8 flops here comes their solution…phase out previous windows so that consumers will have no choice but to buy windows 8!!!! After 2 or 5 yrs they will announce that windows 7 will be “closed” too. ..and so on and so forth…business strategy at our expense. How about total boycott of windows? Can we survive without windows? If so, why should we allow ourselves to be subservient slaves of Bill Gates and his gang?

  • Fz20

    this is why bill gates and his gang of leech thieves maintain their billion dollar ranking on top of the world for decades now…easy billions cornering the market for operating system pc/laptop users worldwide…this is why microsoft is always sued in europe and loses…Just wait for android, and the tablets, its free and will take over windows!!!. The world has suffered enough!

  • gryzyxwoz

    Marketing strategy for planned obsolesence

    • Ronald

      XP is 11 YEARS OLD! anong planned obsolesence haha.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002172368826 Jack Bw

    “More than 3.6 million Filipino Windows XP users need to upgrade as early as this year to avoid risks of destructive malware attacks”

    Marketing baloney. They must be getting desperate to say something like this
    .

  • http://www.facebook.com/river.garcia.10 River D. Garcia

    just bcuz “technology has dramatically changed” he would sht down support to windows xp….what a stupid thing to do

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marlon-Allan-Supetran/1180728033 Marlon Allan Supetran

      Such a naive answer…

  • INQ_reader

    “..While XP was one of the most popular operating systems in Microsoft’s
    history, it was not designed to handle the challenges of today, such as
    the increased exposure to cyber-attacks and demands for more data
    privacy, unlike our newer operating systems such as Windows 7 and 8..”

    I beg to disagree. Most PCs installed with Windows 7 in my office had to be serviced upon just one month after deployment.



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