Mircosoft adds nag screens as Window XP end nears

In early 2013, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) told XP users: "If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late." More than a year later, the tone has shifted from bold declarations to nagging reminders.

Starting March 8, Windows users will be greeted with a pop-up screen warning that time is running out (there's also a nifty count-down clock). It's been a long time coming but FierceRetailIT's readers still show a keen interest in the subject — this story about Windows XP end-of-life remains among the most read to this day.  

Is your organization still running Windows XP? Is it running POS or payment systems in that environment? If so, PCI compliance is at risk.

On April 9, 2014, Microsoft will no longer market, support or provide regular security patches for that operating system. Retailers with POS or other payment systems running on Windows XP after this date will, therefore, no longer be PCI compliant. Those that haven't migrated out will be left without support on April 8.

Microsoft is offering a free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month. It has partnered with Laplink to provide Windows XP users with a free data migration tool called PCmover Express for Windows XP which copies files and settings from your Windows XP PC to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

The clock is ticking, literally.

For more:
-See this Microsoft blog post
-See this Inquirer story

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