News: Small businesses urged to upgrade from Windows XP

Windows XP supportSmall businesses are being urged to upgrade their software as support for Windows XP nears its end.

Microsoft has announced it will be ending official support for its legacy operating system, Windows XP, in April 2014. The software was released in 2001 and sold until 2009.

The operating system remains the second most popular in use today with 38% of the market share, and many small businesses still rely upon it.

Microsoft is keen to urge small businesses to upgrade before support ends, and is currently offering a 15% discount to XP users purchasing Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013.

In a blog post, Microsoft said: “While end of support for Windows XP is still one year away, the migration process can take some time and may be costlier the longer you stay on Windows XP, ultimately putting your business at risk.”

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