Counties react to pending 'death' of Windows XP
Sunday, April 06, 2014 12:00 AM
At the Saluda County Council meeting March 31, Information Technology Director D.J. Miller sought and received $16,957 from the county's contingency fund to buy 27 new computers.
Had a new virus made its way onto the county's systems? Had too many staffers become addicted to Candy Crush? Not exactly. All 27 computers are installed with the Windows XP operating system.
Microsoft Corp. announced, on Tuesday, Windows XP will no longer receive support and security updates. At 12 years old, Microsoft is attempting to shift users away from the aging system.
"If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer should still work, but it will become five times more vulnerable to security risks and viruses," the Microsoft website said. "And as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, a greater number of programs and devices such as cameras and printers won’t work with Windows XP."
Miller said the age of the computers had also become an issue.
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