Those of you that are still running Windows XP are likely aware that support from Microsoft will end on April 8, 2014. Many of the enterprise customers I have talked with have been planning for the transition and are already completed or are in process of completing their migrations to a modern operating system. However, there are some small to mid sized businesses that don’t plan to replace their Windows XP systems even after support for these systems ends in April. For those in that situation, you may find this information to be of value.
Earlier today my colleague Tim Rains published a blog post which discusses common risks that Windows XP systems might encounter over time and provides helpful guidance to temporarily protect the system while planning the migration to move toward a more modern operating system. If you are running Windows XP today then I strongly encourage you to check it out here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/security/archive/2014/03/24/cyber-threats-to-windows-xp-and-guidance-for-small-businesses-and-individual-consumers.aspx.