Date of Article: 2014-04-08
Source of Article: ZDNet
Those still running XP or Office 2003 will want to get these patches and evaluate their options for the future. Basically I see them as:
- Continue to run XP and make sure to keep good antivirus protection up to date.
- Select a Linux distribution and install it on your existing system if buying new hardware is not an option. Some distributions provide a limited ability to run legacy Windows applications. There is a bit of a learning curve but many open source programs that run on Windows are also available as Linux apps: Open/Libre Office, Firefox, Chrome, and Thunderbird are good examples.
- Find a Windows 7 system and buy it. If you still have the install disks or files many of the programs that you ran on XP can still run on Windows 7 and it has a very familiar interface.
- Find a Windows 8.1 system and buy it. If you do you might want to checkout Classic Shell which provides a very Windows 7 like start menu to W8 & 8.1.