Windows ends XP support

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Rachael Power
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Security updates and technical support for Windows XP ended this week, prompting AccountingWEB members to make the move to another operating system.

In addition, support for Office 2003 is also no longer being continued. 

Microsoft ended the support after 12 years, and advised those using the software to upgrade to a more modern operating system such as Windows 7 or 8.1.

It warned that if people do not switch to another system, they will be susceptible to vulnerabilities that may be exploited by malware. It added that anti-virus software will not be able to fully protect the computer once Windows XP is unsupported. 

While malware signatures have been extended until 2015, protecting against viruses, other vulnerabilities won't be patched.

Another reason to move to another operating system, according to Microsoft, includes many PC manufacturers will stop supporting XP on existing and new hardware.

In addition, accounting software providers such as IRIS have also ended their support for Windows XP. 

Members have been wondering what to do about this issue since the announcement was made to end support...

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