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Still running Windows XP? Really!?

Let’s start with some facts:

  • Windows XP was released in 2001 — last time I counted that was over a decade ago.
  • In 2007, Microsoft extended support for XP to April 8, 2014 — so, you had 7 years to move.
  • Since April 8, 2014 technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available
  • Microsoft ended updates to anti-malware signautres on July 14, 2015. (that was last month)

And some scary stats:

  • an estimated 30% of the worlds PCs are still running XP
  • 95% of the world’s ATMs are powered by XP
  • 75% of Water/Wastewater utilities still use XP

Long story short, Microsoft is not supporting Windows XP, so it is getting harder and harder for industrial software companies to support and protect users on older operating systems. At the same time, we hear increasing reports of hackers targeting industrial organizations such as utilities and manufacturers.

If you are still running Windows XP in your plant, please let us know what we might do to help you upgrade.

In the meantime, if the cost of upgrading your GE software (Cimplicity, iFix, Machine Edition) is an issue, we can work with you on that. If you have a current GlobalCare support contract, the upgrade is free. If you do not, GE is running several programs to remove the cost barrier to upgrade. If interested, send an email for details to vladimir.garner{at}gexpro.com.