Microsoft is ending Windows XP support from today the 8th of April, there will be no further support and updates to Windows XP from today onwards.
Microsoft launched Windows XP back in October of 2001, it has been one of the company’s most successful operating systems to date, it was replaced by Windows Vista, which was not popular, this was quickly replaced by Windows 7.
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 antimalware 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 help protect your PC.)
The latest version of Microsoft’s operating system is Windows 8, and the company is hoping that this move to end support for Windows XP will get people to upgrade to Windows 8.
Source Microsoft, Mashable