With over 400 million licences sold, Windows XP was arguably the breakthrough version of the Windows Operating System.
However, time moves on and Microsoft is planning to end support for Windows XP in April 2014. Or are they?
The article below from PC World suggests a favored few may still be given support… for a price.
Just because Microsoft doesn’t plan on giving Windows XP patches to the public after April 8, 2014, doesn’t mean it’s going to stop making those patches.
In fact, Microsoft will be creating security updates for Windows XP for months—years, even—after it halts their delivery to the general public.
Some will pay big for support
Those patches will come from a program called “Custom Support,” an after-retirement contract designed for very large customers who have not, for whatever reason, moved on from an older OS.
As part of Custom Support—which according to analysts, costs about $200 per PC for the first year and more each succeeding year—participants receive patches for vulnerabilities rated “critical” by Microsoft. Bugs ranked as “important,” the next step down in Microsoft’s four-level threat scoring system, are not automatically patched. Instead, Custom Support contract holders must pay extra for those. Flaws pegged as “moderate” or “low” are not patched at all….More at Microsoft will still patch Windows XP for a select group
So if you are still on Windows XP and are not a ‘very large customer’ of Microsoft, then we would suggest you plan on Windows 8 sooner rather than later (if you’re staying with Microsoft that is)
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