Say Good Bye To Official Windows XP Support

Windows XP News

April 11, 2014

by neel bhasin

The world has bid goodbye to Windows XP and Office 2003 as Microsoft has ended the official Windows XP on April 8, 2014. It released its last patches that consist of the vulnerabilities in MS World and Office Web Apps like RTF vulnerability stack overflow vulnerability in Word 2003 and File Format Conversion Utility in Word 2007 and 2010.

Another update was a security patch, which will fix six susceptibilities in all the versions of Internet Explorer. Except Internet Explorer 11, all other versions, before IE 11, were affected by atleast five of these problems.

Another update was about the issue with Windows File Handling Component that will allow remote code execution. This will give access to the hackers to run .bat or .cmd files that can hamper the Windows. And the last update for the bugs in MS Publisher 2003 and 2007, which will provide remote code execution from specially crafted file.

Sales Goes Up After XP Support Termination.

Many PC sellers have complained that after tablets and smartphones, the sales of desktops and laptops has declined. But after the termination of Windows XP, the computer sales have gone up as the customer are replacing their age old computers, which used to run on Windows XP, to work on Windows 8

As compared to 13.9% drop in 2013, it has just been 1.7% in the first quarter of 2014. Out of the major computer brands, Lenovo, HP, Dell and Asus are the master vendors with Lenovo experiencing an 11% increase in their sales. The top manufacturers, Lenovo, HP and Dell hold the maximum market share of 45.5%.

However, many users were still in doubt about upgrading to latest Windows. Now, the support for XP has ended officially, let’s see until when this PC sale trends increases in the coming 2014.

News Summary

If you are still working on Windows XP, then you need to recheck whether you want to keep it or not as the official Windows XP support has been ended by Microsoft. This has made your PC more vulnerable to attackers and viruses. The last update was released by Microsoft on April 8 which has fixed the bugs and issues related to MS Word 2003 and 2007, MS Publisher, Internet Explorer and many more. Due to this termination, the sales of desktops and laptops has increased in the first quarter of 2014.


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