Microsoft has announced that on April 8, 2014, the Redmond company, will cease to offer support for their incredibly successful operating system, Windows XP. Microsoft will stop offering security patches, and support for Microsoft Security Essentials for the 13 year old operating system. Despite the fact that XP still represents over 20% of all Windows users, Microsoft offers two solutions. 1) Upgrade to Windows 8 or 2) Purchase a new computer with Windows 8. Although Microsoft suggests that they no longer can afford to support these users, it appears that it is more of an effort to create incentive to sell their latest struggling operating system, Windows 8.
Under this back drop, we have decided to continue support for Windows XP for as long as there is demand. We believe that computers do not grow old if they are properly maintained. On top of that, our unique security including application white listing will continue to support all recent versions of Windows including XP. As Microsoft indicates there is a cost to include XP in all future releases of PC Matic, but that cost is quite small in relation to the 20% of customers that require it.
Just like a fine old car, we believe that there are millions of road ready XP computers out there that are not ready for the trash bin. As long as there is adequate memory and disk space, XP computers should be perfectly fine to navigate the web, do email and photos.
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