Educational Technology

September 27, 2013

Please, let Windows XP die with dignity

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Ed Bott, ZD Net

Yesterday my colleague David Gewirtz delivered a fire-and-brimstone sermon on the coming XPocalypse, the date early next year when Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP. Here’s Pastor Gewirtz, in a passage replete with Biblical references:

If you don’t think that cybercriminals have marked April 8, 2014 on their calendars with a big star, you’re crazy. If you don’t think they’re holding back on launching some of their bigger exploits until after the patching ends, you’re naive. For cybercriminals intent on skinning our 500 million sheep, April 8, 2014 is D-Day.

By abandoning XP on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will cease being a good shepherd of its most loyal customers. Microsoft is just leaving them out there, exposed, and unprotected. On April 8, 2014, those millions of remaining XP users will be like lambs being led to the slaughter. To paraphrase Jeremiah 11:19, they do not know that plots have been devised against them.

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