Windows XP has been a widely used standard OS for many computer users and businesses alike for the past 10 years now. It has changed the computing world much like Windows 95 did, back in the day. However, many people have become set on using it and ignoring the newer editions like Windows Vista/7 or the future 8. This may not sound like a bad thing to some. Many may argue and say that you don’t have to worry about security gaps/holes, etc. Yet the reality is that users are bleeding money out.
Lets break it down.
1. With older software, it has allowed hackers to develop new ways to break into systems and wreck havoc on them. Yes, XP has been updated a lot with service packs and security updates, but you can only do so much to protect yourself. Users and hackers both know it inside and outside now, which is very dangerous for users as a whole.
2. Windows no longer offers wide support for the OS, which can be bad news for users. This means that they are no longer actively fixing, releasing updates or building software to support it. So if you do find a new software that you want, you will likely see that it will not run XP. That is both for Microsoft and non-Microsoft products.
3. Security isn’t as strong with it as it is with Windows 7. Viruses and trojans have a log history with it, as well as an existing consumer base. What worked 10 years ago for security will not work for today’s. It also brings enough problems as it is.
As you can tell, you are have more than enough reasons to switch-but if that still does not do it for you, maybe this will. XP users are spending five times the money Windows 7 users are in security. As we pointed out before hand, security and updates are a huge problem for today’s users (even for those who believe their computers are clean). From buying the limited support offered by Microsoft to a top of the line anti-virus and older software, you can see that it does cost a pretty penny to keep up. It is very high maintenance when compared to Windows 7. Tell us if you agree or disagree with these findings by IDC?