Windows XP support from Microsoft ends in 500 days

Microsoft has made a point to send out reminders to large businesses that still use Windows XP that extended support for the OS will end soon. The company has also tried to offer advice to businesses who want to make the move to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Today, it was a third party, UK-based IT company Camwood, which sent out the latest reminder of Windows XP and its ultimate fate. In a press release, Camwood noted that just 500 days are now left before Microsoft's official support for Windows XP will end on April 8th, 2014.

Camwood, naturally, is using this milestone to help promote its own services. However, its press release does make a point. There are estimates that as many as 50 percent of PC desktops in the enterprise market are still running Windows XP, although other numbers put that percentage as much lower.

Camwood went on to add:

Whatever the true number, there is still a huge number of companies that need to migrate. The end of XP support is a potential time bomb, and the clock is ticking. With all the potential compatibility and security issues looming from legacy systems, businesses need to understand migration is a necessary step to secure their valuable data.

It will be interesting to see what the percentage of enterprise PC users is that is still running Windows XP a year from now, and how many made the move to Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Source: Camwood press release | Image via Camwood

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Ice_Blue said,

They have it on life support, hopefully.

They don't update ****. We all got new computers. All with windows 7 pro COA on the side yet they put XP on it. Java is outdated flash too. And still on IE 8 I think it is.

Dane said,
My hospital is still fully XP pro

So are most banking institutions.
XP just plain works with available applications. So, until the applications get rewritten, fully tested, and conversion is inexpensive, XP stay in use.

TsarNikky said,

So are most banking institutions.
XP just plain works with available applications. So, until the applications get rewritten, fully tested, and conversion is inexpensive, XP stay in use.
Or until some zero day exploit pwns a large financial network still running XP because a security update released for every newer Microsoft OS still under support didn't get back ported. That would be the other inertia to actually spend a few dollars on keeping current rather than banking every penny (penny-wise) until they pay hundreds of millions and lose customer confidence due to a security breach that was explicitly avoidable (pound foolish).

Rappy said,
My dad trained himself in XP and I loved XP so it'll be missed

well, he still can continue using it. No one is going to stop him.

Rappy said,
My dad trained himself in XP and I loved XP so it'll be missed

first person to show some respect for a solid os that served us all well.

ozzy76 said,
greatest OS MS has released, but 7 appears to be picking up where XP left off.

Does nobody remember how hated XP was on its release?

zeke009 said,

Does nobody remember how hated XP was on its release?

no thats bull.

i knew tons of people and bussiness going all the way back before it was released here in Canada and teh only concern or gripe at all was the activation tech implemented and to those that did install might have had some devices with no drivers but eventually it was sorted out like every other os that existed.

this crap gets spewed constantly and i don't think its true at all.

ozzy76 said,
greatest OS MS has released, but 7 appears to be picking up where XP left off.

Hey!
One half way intelligent comment here!!

The company I work for still has about 50% of its systems on Windows XP. The largest challenge is getting applications that are custom software packages certified and verified to work on Windows 7, something that is not always the case. I think the worst case is that 10% of the systems which run those critical applications will not be migrated in time for the termination of Windows XP support.

Brony said,
500 days, just in time for windows 9

Exactly what i think. Windows 7 will be old by then. Most of those companies that needs to update the Windows OS will also need to buy new computers anyway. And they are VERY unlikely to buy a computer with Windows 8.

Would love to see how Microsoft reacts to this.

iwod said,

Exactly what i think. Windows 7 will be old by then. Most of those companies that needs to update the Windows OS will also need to buy new computers anyway. And they are VERY unlikely to buy a computer with Windows 8.

Would love to see how Microsoft reacts to this.

Yes, it will be interesting to see how Microsoft reacts to this. If their current arrogance is any indication, it most likely will be ignored. After all, they seem to have "bet the ranch" with Windonws-8--for better or worse.

i can't wait until enough time has gone by so i can start seeing the comments like these..

"Good riddance!"
"Remember when everyone hated windows 7 ?"
"Who cares about the Win 7 people any more. They are just holding the IT world back"

Too bad most of you lack the ability to see things in an alternate context.
The OS has its time and place.. Am I saying people should install XP instead of something newer ?
Of course not.
But if you have say for example a corporate network running some basic software that was written long ago and it works then why upgrade ? Security ?
In a closed off network ? I like how most of you ASSUME tons of things.
Who says all xp machines are connected to the net ?
And who says they are any less secure than having PHYSICAL access to ANY machine ?

I know a world wide company that i have worked on their systems and it is not connected to the net and they are running custom firmware flashing code for door swipe cards and the other major use is custom made database software designed for a specific dept.
It would be kinda of a waste of money to throw away a system that is working flawless after years of fine tuning simply because some IT douche on neowin says he has to..

XP haters need to get over themselves. The world does not revolve around you.

Perspective and context goes a long way or not far at all if your a neowin expert on what everyone else should be doing. I wish i knew everything and how everyone every where should use their computers, that would be a handy skill to have above being an expert neowin commenter.

XP is dead. Get over it. Begging Microsoft for continued support will change nothing. If you want to keep running it on your Pentium III with 64MB of RAM then go ahead. Just don't whine to us when it no longer works.

Even closed networks can be breached. The outbreak might be contained, but the work to fix it isn't free. Again, penny wise vs pound foolish.

500 days. that's more that a year. time enough to switch to other better, superior, reliable o.s. that win egg isn't. that is. microsoft do not repent and abandon win egg themselves. lmao.

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