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Putting the 'Ex' in Windows XP: popular operating system should be upgraded before extended support ends

As we recently covered at the LOMAP Blog, via a guest post from Massachusetts Bar Association member Jeffrey Clark, Microsoft will be ending extended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. In his thoughtful and detailed post, Jeffrey relays a number of options for moving on from XP.

It's not that folks are actually getting a move on; it's estimated that 30-40 percent of the world's computers still run XP as an operating system. If you're an attorney, and you're still using XP, you're likely to be putting your systems (and your client information) at risk in the term. Some experts suggest that the sunsetting of extended support for Windows XP will result in a hackers' "feeding frenzy," as this article, from Computer World (brought to my attention by the erstwhile Jim Calloway, covers in detail.

When it comes to Windows XP, it's probably time to give up the ghost; and, Jeffrey's post will help you to visualize your choices for a replacement, even if you don't want to upgrade to another version Windows.

Tip courtesy of Jared Correia, Law Office Management Assistance Program.

Published September 5, 2013

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