Out With The Old: Windows XP Phased Out

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Windows XP Phased Out: No More iPad One Support.

“Once upon a time, not so very long ago, things were built to last.”

We had a conversation with a client recently who is still using the pressure cooker handed down to them; still making steam puddings from something that was manufactured well over 40 years ago. How many things that are made today will still be used in 40 years time?

Judging by at least two of the world’s leading technology firms, not a lot.

Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 Support Ends

If you are running a PC or a laptop using Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 you may be alarmed to discover that support will end on April 5th this year. What will that mean for you? The official line from Microsoft is, “It means you should take action…as there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.”

Or, in other words, you are going to need some form of upgrade.

And it appears this may affect you regardless of whether you are running Windows XP or not: Windows XP operating system powers 95 percent of the world’s automated teller machines, so getting our hands on our cash could potentially be problematic.

iPad One Support Is Extinct

And the same applies to those of you who are Apple fans. It is almost a year, March 2013, that support ran out for the iPad 1; and the latest iPhone has a different charger which results in you needing to buy a new one of those.

All of this means that even if your hardware, your computers and phones etc, remain in full working order, the software updates they require make them “not fit for purpose” . Referencing back to our 40 year old gadget, your pressure cooker still works magnificently, it’s just that you can no longer get hold of any ingredients, nor recipes, to produce a perfect steak and kidney pudding.

If you are have any concerns about your technology becoming obsolete please get in touch with us for further help and advice.


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