The first thing to consider is the security risks you will be facing if you continue to use Windows XP once support by Microsoft has ended. Microsoft will not be releasing any more patches for Windows XP unless you pay them to do it. As further vulnerabilities are found in Windows XP, those security holes will not be fixed. To put this into context, there have been thousands of patches released for XP over the last 12 years. There will continue to be many more holes discovered but there will be no patch to fix it.
This also extends over into the antivirus vendor world as well. Most vendors stop supporting operating systems when the manufacturer ends support. This means that most likely within the next year, even if you have an antivirus program, that the vendors will stop providing support for XP and leave you even more vulnerable.
In addition, 3rd party hardware providers will stop supporting XP which will affect everything from printers and scanners to phones and any other new device you may want to purchase. It does not mean that your current devices will stop working but as new devices are manufactured, compatibility will quickly become an issue with XP.
There are also productivity concerns to consider if you still have Windows XP. In a report commissioned by Microsoft, the International Data Corporation (IDC) found that base IR and end-user labor costs associated with Windows XP are about five times as much as those for Windows 7. Microsoft’s Erwin Visser wrote in a blog post, “IDC found the longer you wait, the pricier supporting Windows XP gets: IT labor costs go up 25 percent in the fourth year of continuing to run Windows XP past deadline, and user productivity suffers as well, with an increased cost of 23 percent.”
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