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Curtain Falls For Windows XP

Updated: April 26, 2014 5:06 pm

The 13-year-old operating system’s journey comes to an end. The operating system that created its own identity in the world will not be getting updates from Microsoft

With Microsoft releasing the final batch of updates for Windows XP, itbrings an end to the world’s most favourite operating system Windows XP. This decision came to promote users to update their Windows from XP to Windows 7 or even to Windows 8.1. The announcement has let many users at risk as almost one in five PCs worldwide still run XP.

The operating system that was launched in 2001 gave Microsoft all the fame it wanted. With the launch of XP, the company got a huge response among people all over the world liking the user-friendly interface and easy-to-handle system. XP’s expanded multimedia support and CD-burning functionality were also noted, along with its streamlined networking tools. XP flourished extremely well and became the second most-used OS in the world.

Microsoft’s calling off the supply of XP may be hazardous for many as it is estimated that 30 per cent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world work with XP. And sudden unavailability of security updates from Microsoft will make them vulnerable to frequent cyber attacks. It will be a piece of cake for hackers to hack into the system as the security updates will be outdated soon. It is estimated that around 95 per cent of the world’s ATMs still run on this software, although some of them run on a variant called Embedded Windows XP, which has not reached end-of-life yet.

Talking in the Indian context, then according to a study, more than 34,000 Indian public sector bank branches could be at risk, when Microsoft pulls the plug on support for Windows XP. Indian bank industry will suffer the most because most of its PCs are XP-based and if updates are made unavailable then it will put the industry at hyper-risk state. Cyber criminals will focus on Windows XP to identify new sources of vulnerability and are likely to focus on targets with significant monetary potential. With all these reports, the end of the support for XP will come to end and the operating system will be end-of-life.

By Rohan Pal

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