Many Windows Embedded SKUs based on Windows XP will be supported beyond April 8th

Windows XP won't be getting any more patches or security updates beyond April 8th, but many of the company's Windows Embedded SKUs that are based on the over 12 year old OS will continue to be supported after that date. That should be good news for businesses and enterprise customers who may still be using devices with those operating systems.

In a post on the official Windows Embedded blog, Microsoft revealed that that while support for Windows XP Professional for Embedded Systems will indeed end on the same day as XP itself, the other SKUs will continue to receive software update afterwards. Support for Windows XP Embedded Service Pack 3 will end on January 12th, 2016, and Windows Embedded for Point of Service SP3 will see its updates stop on April 12th, 2016.

Two other XP-based Embedded operating systems, Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, won't see their support end until January 8th and April 9th of 2019, respectively.

Even though support for most of the XP-based Windows Embedded versions will continue well past April 8th, Microsoft says that businesses should still be aware of devices that connect to any products that use those operating systems. It states, "This includes items such as software included on the device, antivirus solutions and management solutions on the device, as well as throughout the IT infrastructure." The company advises that businesses should check to see if these accessories will still support XP-based systems in the future.

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So I have a Snap-On diagnostic scan tool. It's connected to the net, I wonder if their warranty covers this....

So is XP. Or more precise, its how the NT kernel is build up.
As with Windows 8 embedded, you're just more free in which modules of the OS you wish to load or not. Windows 8 can run bareboned too (see 2012)

We switched to Windows Embedded 8 Standard at work, but we still have about 2000 machines running Windows XP Embedded. These machines are all located on remote locations all over Europe, the hardware is unable to run Windows Embedded 8 Standard... the software is running, as long as they don't break, we don't replace them.

doesn't suprise me, the windows 3.1/95 embedded version only went out of commission a few years ago. embedded just takes longer to test for POS and Kiosk.

REM2000 said,
doesn't suprise me, the windows 3.1/95 embedded version only went out of commission a few years ago. embedded just takes longer to test for POS and Kiosk.

NT 4.0 embedded retains some support until August of this year, and it is 18 years old.

riahc3 said,
Hello,

WHY We use this at work and it was a PERFECT chance to update it. But now until 2016?

It still is the perfect chance to update it. Has been the case for years now. Sounds to me like someone needs to get a fire lit under his butt. Otherwise it's another Target in the making.

_dandy_ said,

It still is the perfect chance to update it. Has been the case for years now. Sounds to me like someone needs to get a fire lit under his butt. Otherwise it's another Target in the making.

Why? If it ain't broke don't fix it. Performs it's function fine

sinetheo said,
Why? If it ain't broke don't fix it. Performs it's function fine

Oh, sure, don't fix what's not broken, but that's just the problem--it *is* broke. Or at least you'll come to realize how badly it's broken come April, and if by then you haven't done anything to switch to something else, your only recourse will be to isolate your beloved XP systems from the rest of the world as much as possible. I hope that's practical.

_dandy_ said,

Oh, sure, don't fix what's not broken, but that's just the problem--it *is* broke. Or at least you'll come to realize how badly it's broken come April, and if by then you haven't done anything to switch to something else, your only recourse will be to isolate your beloved XP systems from the rest of the world as much as possible. I hope that's practical.

From a non IT geek perspective as long as it gets security updates it makes money. Risk == 0 to keep what you have. You have a negative ROI on any PC upgrade after XP except less security exploits.

After Windows 7 there wont be a need to ever change. It runs the business apps and you can give me some list but the previous one worked just as well.

Geeks like US (I do not run XP) like newer shiny things but it is the job of pizza hut to make pizzas, walmart to shelve items and sell them, secretaries to answer phones and make appointments, not play with computers. It is just a tool. No less no more. No productivity gains at all from upgrades in this century.

So what is MS going to do? If tablets take over by 2020 the corps will just keep XP and Windows 7 forever in VM's on a network lol

sinetheo said,
it is the job of pizza hut to make pizzas
[...]
not play with computers. It is just a tool. No less no more. No productivity gains at all from upgrades in this century.

It's still part of the infrastructure needed to conduct a business, and if it can bring down costs, they'll go for it. If Pizza Hut can get a more power-efficient oven that can bake a pizza in less time, you can bet they'll look into it, even if what they use right now is "not broken".