Microsoft is warning Windows XP users that as support ends in April, they will also lose access to Security Essentials at the same time.
"As a result, after April 8th, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date," reads the firm’s official webpage.
A number of IT distributors are urging resellers and retailers to migrate from XP to Windows 7 or 8, including Tech Data UK and Entatech.
“Should customers choose to not upgrade to a newer operating system, they could potentially incur future costs to maintain their estate, whilst also becoming vulnerable to malware and spyware attacks, with security risks and viruses also increased,” said Ellie Farley, Microsoft product specialist at Entatech.
However, Google has stated that it will provide Chrome browser updates for Windows XP users for at least a year after Microsoft stops its support for the OS, saying it recognises that ‘hundreds of millions of users’ still reply on XP.
Originally shipping in 2001, Windows XP has been the longest-running version of Microsoft’s operating system.