Starting April 8 2014, you will no longer receive security updates and tech support from Microsoft for Windows XP
If you are still using Windows XP then keep in mind that Microsoft will be ending support for the 12-year-old software a year from now.
Starting April 8 2014, you will no longer receive security updates and tech support from Microsoft for Windows XP.
In addition, Office 2003 updates and support will also be ending on the same day.
Even if you couldn't care less about moving to newer versions of Windows, the security aspect really is a reason to take this seriously.
Microsoft has this web page which talks about some of the things to consider.
The question is, which version of Windows should you move to?
We've written about the pros and cons of moving to Windows 8 here. In summary, Windows 8 makes more sense if you want to start using Windows programs on tablet computers. For laptops and desktop computers, we won't be surprised if many businesses stick with Windows 7 for some time.
Windows 7 and 8 have XP have a "compatibility mode" for running programs and drivers that are designed for Windows XP.
By some estimates, Windows XP still runs on 11% of computers in Australia. For example, the Australian Taxation Office will reportedly by upgrading 22,000 computers from Windows XP to Windows 7, starting in November this year.
Want to know more? Read our article, Windows 8 in your business: the risks vs rewards