Microsoft Ends Windows XP Support Service
    2014-04-08 10:58:47     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Zhangpeng
Microsoft officially ends Windows XP support service Tuesday, which means that Microsoft will not update any patches for any system vulnerabilities detected within Windows XP. In this case, XP users might be open to new cyber-security risks.

Microsoft officially ends Windows XP support service on April 8, 2014. [Photo: Agencies]

Microsoft officially ends Windows XP support service Tuesday, which means that Microsoft will not update any patches for any system vulnerabilities detected within Windows XP. In this case, XP users might be open to new cyber-security risks.

As the most successful operating system from Microsoft, Windows XP still maintains 30 percent of the global market up until now. With a total of 200 million users in China alone, about 70 percent of the country's computers are running XP.

The official "retiring" of Windows XP does not mean that this classic operating system cannot run on personal computers. Microsoft said that they will not provide patching services for Windows XP any more starting April 8, 2014. This means that XP can still normally run on computers, Microsoft will merely stop providing patches for the operating system's vulnerability.

However, computers still running Windows XP after Tuesday may encounter some hidden dangers, including viruses, Trojans or attacks by hackers , if system vulnerabilities are not fixed on time.

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