Microsoft will stop doing support on the Windows XP operating system in April, 2014. This has been in the works for many years, and Microsoft has pushed the date back many times. It looks like they’re serious this time. Windows XP was released in 2001. We want to inform you of this so it doesn’t come as a surprise. This does not mean that XP will cease to work after that date, just that Microsoft will no longer provide updates or support. Please pass on this information to relatives or friends with Windows XP that may not see this.
It’s important to note that Windows XP will continue to operate just fine after the date when support stops. Just keep your antivirus programs up to date and you’ll be protected. As time goes on, though, new vulnerabilities in the operating system will be discovered and exploited, and your computer will become less safe. You might want to consider replacing your computer with one having a newer operating system like Windows 7 or Windows 8. As a benefit, you’ll get a new computer that will be much faster than the older one.
Windows XP end of life (as it is called) will be announced by an End of Support pop up dialog box sometime starting March 8. See below:
You can get more information by visiting the Microsoft blog post: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2014/03/03/new-windows-xp-data-transfer-tool-and-end-of-support-notifications.aspx