April 8, 2014 marks the end of technical support for Windows XP. Microsoft Corp. has supported the technology for 12 years, but has decided to invest in its newer technology. Besides suspending technical support, Microsoft will also suspend automatic updates and stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP.

"If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses," said the company Website. " Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP."

According to Microsoft, those using Windows XP can either upgrade their software or purchase a new computer.

"Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 8.1, which is the latest version of Windows," explained the company. "We recommend that you download and run the Windows Upgrade Assistant to check if your PC meets the system requirements for Windows 8.1 and then follow the steps in the tutorial to upgrade if your PC is able."

Microsoft is taking other landmark steps with its product line. On March 27, the company announced several new and updated applications and services including Microsoft Office for iPad and free Office Mobile apps for iPhone and Android phones. Microsoft also announced the Enterprise Mobility Suite, a comprehensive set of cloud services to help businesses manage corporate data and services on the devices people use at work and at home. In addition, the company announced the upcoming availability of Microsoft Azure Active Directory Premium and enhancements to Windows Intune.

“Microsoft is focused on delivering the cloud for everyone, on every device. It’s a unique approach that centers on people — enabling the devices you love, work with the services you love, and in a way that works for IT and developers,” said Satya Nadella, CEO for Microsoft.

For more information, visit www.microsoft.com