As Microsoft has been warning consumers for months, they will be ending their support for the Windows XP operating system. As of April 8, 2014, people will no longer be able to contact the company for any issues involving this soon-to-be out?-of-date system, including problems with security or functionality. Microsoft has been urging their users to make the switch from XP to either Windows 7 or Windows 8, the more updated software systems that they currently sell to the public.
According to insider reports, on the day Microsoft officially cuts ties with the XP system, they will offer their latest version to world: Windows 8.1. The new system would just be an experiment, with some reports saying that it could even be offered for free to get people interested. It will officially be known as Microsoft 8.1 with Bing, which will bundle all Microsoft apps and services together.
This newest operating system would be offered either free or at low-cost, as a way to upgrade users from their current software. Reports indicate that the software will be heavily focused on improvements to Microsoft's browser and its ability to function as a multi-platform unit. These rumors have yet to be publicly acknowledged by the company, so it is possible this upgrade will not actually hit the market. What is certain, however, is that as of the beginning of April, Windows XP will be a thing of the past.
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