April 8, 2014 is the final, we-mean-it-this-time, no extensions end of support for Microsoft Windows XP. (Well, unless you're a really big customer who can leverage Microsoft into providing longer support. Don't tell anyone!) But for most of us, we have a year from today to move off of Windows XP. Will you be ready for that? Or do you even care? What "support" do you really need from Microsoft that 15 years of forum postings and security reviews hasn't addressed?
Gabe wrote about this last October, explaining that running Windows XP in a world where Microsoft wouldn't fix any vulnerability would be a liability. He also conducted a survey that found that about 50% of respondents' desktops were still running Windows XP, and that 14% believed that they'd have some Windows XP beyond the expiration date. Browsium's Gary Schare blogged that 39% of PCs are still running Windows XP today (six months after Gabe's survey).
In response to those survey results, AppDetective posted a comment with a few questions aimed at those who were still on Windows XP:
- Does your CIO know the date?
- Who signs off on the risk of doing nothing when the April 9th 2014 zero day is exploited?
- Will Microsoft for a fee provide extended security support? If not it's irresponsible to do nothing.
So what's going on in your company. Is this a big deal? A problem you solved already? Something you're not worrying about? And what about AppD's question. If you're going to continue to have Windows XP past April 8, 2014, has someone signed off on the risk of the zero day exploit?