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Windows XP: Microsoft ends support and updates for 12-year-old computer operating system

The US software giant halt support for Windows XP in spite of huge market share amid fears of widespread vulnerability to viruses and hacking

SOFTWARE giant Microsoft will end support for its popular Windows XP today, writes Jack White.

It leaves those who continue to use the 12-year-old operating system — essential to run a computer — vulnerable to an ever-growing number of viruses.

The US-based firm has long tried to shift its millions of customers onto newer versions of Windows but has faced resistance from both corporate users and those who can’t afford to upgrade.

Analytics firm Net Applications estimates that Windows XP still commands a 28 per cent share of the worldwide desktop operating system market — rising to 38 per cent in Britain.

Windows has come in for fierce competition in recent years from Apple’s Mac OS X and the communally developed Linux.

The latest Windows 8 release was slated by users and media alike for its unusual user interface.

Linux operating system Ubuntu, which comes with thousands of free applications, will receive a major upgrade on April 17. It can be downloaded from its website


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