I think you will find this article from Microsoft, information that is greatly needed if your current broadcast rackmount equipment is running on the Microsoft Windows XP platform. Broadcast engineers be ready. The day is soon here where this long lasting OS will loose it’s support. Opening the door to the outside with the loss of security updates and stability. Check out this article.
What is Windows XP end of support?
Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. But now the time has come for us, along with our hardware and software partners, to invest our resources toward supporting more recent technologies so that we can continue to deliver great new experiences.
As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to protect your PC.
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. 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.
– Information found on http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/end-support-help
Though we seem to be bootstrapped in the PC world to running Microsoft OS’s their reliability and stability have been greatly appreciated by those in the broadcast industry. Unless the Open Source world can catch up with the performance and quality of the Microsoft platform. Until then we must be ready to update and integrate with the evolution of technology.
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