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Microsoft Retires Office XP And Vista SP1

Well, wadya know. Microsoft is finally going to retire it’s 2001 Office XP and first service pack for Windows Vista next week, according to the company’s own calendar. Both platforms will end on July 12th, and will no longer have updates supporting the antiquated software.

Since Microsoft supports its business products for ten years, this change shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone. Vista users will still be able to get security updates by upgrading to service pack 2, that is, if they are still using SP1.

Service Pack 2 can be installed either through Windows Update or by going directly through Microsoft’s website. Now, although Microsoft supports business software for ten years, it only supports consumer editions for five years, so keep this in mind when you think about making your next OS upgrade.

Although users will still be able to use the outdated versions of XP and Windows Vista, the lack of security updates will make their computers extremely vulnerable to malware and Internet attacks, so it’s best to upgrade or switch to a free operating system such as Linux Ubuntu.

All this news about Windows operating systems is getting me excited for Windows 8 due next year. Visit us on facebook.com/techmento and let us know what OS you currently use!

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