So what does this mean to you? If you're currently running Windows XP, read on.
Most importantly, it means that Microsoft will no longer release security patches for Windows XP (you ARE automatically applying Microsoft security patches, aren't you?). Many anti-virus vendors will still release anti-virus definitions for XP, but that just isn't the same.
Do you keep running your old XP computer, or get a new one? Most computers today are significantly faster than your 5+ year old XP system. And likely cheaper than your old system originally cost. Should you upgrade the operating system from XP to, say, Windows 7? Probably not. But My Techie Buddy can help assess your system and advise you on the best path to take.
If you decide to update, you have several decisions to make. Start with analyzing how you will use the system. Will you use it on the couch, or only at a desk or table? Will you take it with you everywhere you go? Do you play graphics-intensive games, or store huge amounts of data?
What about Operating Systems (to replace Microsoft Windows XP)?
- Windows 7: The interface is similar to Windows XP, and is widely used. Microsoft end-of-support for Windows 7 is currently January, 2020. This is the easiest transition for non-technical users, or those that don't want a completely different computing experience.
- Windows 8 (8.1): The interface is very different, more like the Microsoft Windows phone with tiles and a touch interface. Not very popular with users, but this is the future for Microsoft.
- MacOS: if you have bought into the Apple ecosystem (iPad, iPhone, iTunes, etc.), then you should consider this as well.
- Chrome OS: a very lightweight, very fast, web-based Operating System. Requires an Internet connection to be useful. Runs applications and stores data "in the cloud".
- Android, iOS: some people will do just fine replacing Windows XP with a tablet. If you use your smartphone for many things, or primarily just do e-mail, web surfing, and Facebook, this may be for you.
Confused? No one-size-fits-all solution exists. My Techie Buddy can help with all your computer and technology needs, from assessing your old XP computer, to helping you select the proper replacement, to installation, configuration and training. Contact us!