Windows XP was released by Microsoft in 2001 and has been going strong for the last 13 years. That reign came to an end on April 8, 2014 because XP is no longer being supported by Microsoft for everything from updates to customer service.
Computers running XP are continuing to work but Microsoft cautions people to use it at their own risk, saying, “Users are now 5x more vulnerable to viruses and security risks now that support has ended.”
At thirdstream our policy is to support the most modern software (including operating systems) as possible to ensure the security of your system as well as the personal information of your members.
Our UX Director Jeff Coomber says, ‘Even before April 8th, Microsoft had told users that XP was 7x more likely to be hacked than Windows 7 which isn’t even the latest version of Windows. This is why we recommend that our clients’ solutions be designed for at least Internet Explorer 8. As technology changes and hackers evolve their attacks, the need for up to date modern software to combat the potential threats is much more important.’
Actually, it looks like it’s also the beginning of the end for Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8) as well. IE 8 will continue to be supported on Windows Vista but many developers, including Microsoft (for Office 365), are no longer supporting IE 8 due to it’s lack of modern functionality and security.
This is one of the reasons thirdstream has decided to support only modern browsers for its member facing software and web properties.
If you’d like to learn more about Windows XP’s end of life, check out these Microsoft support links: