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Microsoft and Image Direct will no longer support Windows XP or Internet Explorer 8 after April 8th 2014

Windows XPOn the 8th of April 2014, Windows XP and Internet Explorer 8 will no longer be supported by Microsoft. Windows XP will move from being an IT upgrade cost to a security cost that can no longer be delayed.

If you are still using Windows XP, Microsoft recommends that you upgrade your current PC to Windows 8.1, or purchase a new PC with Windows 8.1 preinstalled. Their end-of-support site shows how existing data from Windows XP can be migrated to Windows 8.1

Since Windows XP and Internet Explorer 8 is soon to be considered at end-of-life, we at Image Direct will no longer be including optimisation for Internet Explorer 8 in our web builds. Our rationale for ending support for Internet Explorer 8 is as follows:

  1. The manufacturer (Microsoft) no longer supports the product, and is actively encouraging users to upgrade to a newer product. They cite, amongst other reasons, platform security. Critical bug-fixes will no longer be supplied via Windows Update, leaving XP machines open to attack. Compromised Windows XP machines are expected to become a major source of attacks against internet infrastructure in the coming months.
  2. Windows XP has not been available for retail sale for many years.
  3. Internet Explorer 8 was released in early 2009. Most computers purchased in the last 5 years will be running Internet Explorer 9 or higher.
  4. Estimates are that Internet Explorer 8 accounts for less than 5% of all web traffic in Australia. With the retirement of Windows XP, this will drop further.
  5. Google Analytics and many other online services such as Facebook no longer support Internet Explorer 8.
  6. Your newly built site will still be visible in Internet Explorer 8 (there will not be a ‘blank page’), but it might not work as expected. Users of Internet Explorer 8 will already experience poor functionality on many other websites, prompting them to install Chrome or upgrade their desktop.

For these reasons, we are actively encouraging our customers to upgrade and retire any legacy Windows XP systems they currently have deployed, as well as upgrading their browsers from Internet Explorer 8 (or using a different browser entirely).

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