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You can keep using XP for another year, but do you really want to?

Computerworld – On April 8, Microsoft will pull the plug on Windows XP SP3 when it issues the final security patch for the 11-year-old operating system. So it’s high time to switch to Windows 7, right?

Probably. But it’s still going to be possible to hang on to XP for another year or so, and given the number of users still clinging to it, I’d guess a significant chunk will do so. But is that wise? Not really. Security risks are just going to keep mounting.

About those numbers: Net Applications states that in December, XP was still running on 29% of all desktop and laptop PCs. By some counts, XP still accounts for 32% of all Windows systems. That’s a heck of a lot of users.

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