Will IE 11 exist for Windows XP? Are you kidding me? People like this crack me up!
Medical practices all over the company are scrambling right now to replace computers running the decrepit Windows XP operating system in order to avoid a HIPAA violation and remain meaningful use compliant. All other businesses and private individuals would do well to realize that once the April 8th deadline rolls around, your Windows XP operating system isn’t just less secure because it’s not receiving patches and updates, but is less secure by orders of magnitude because it will never receive a patch or update for a security exploit even if the exploit is widely publicized and used.
The very first month that Microsoft releases security updates for supported versions of Windows, attackers will reverse engineer those updates, find the vulnerabilities and test Windows XP to see if it shares those vulnerabilities. If it does, attackers will attempt to develop exploit code that can take advantage of those vulnerabilities on Windows XP. Since a security update will never become available for Windows XP to address these vulnerabilities, Windows XP will essentially have a “zero day” vulnerability forever. How often could this scenario occur? Between July 2012 and July 2013 Windows XP was an affected product in 45 Microsoft security bulletins, of which 30 also affected Windows 7 and Windows 8.
As Tim Rains explains, anti-virus and security software won’t help you either. So, unless you as a business or a private individual are happy with unsavory types (you know, besides the NSA) having access to your patient / customer patient databases, email, credit card numbers, your web browsing history, and being able to use your computer as a zombie bot to steal from others, and any potential fines (as a business) for data breaches, then get rid of Windows XP now!
The cost of the upgrade will be far less than the cost of potential consequences.