Posted on 03/27/2014
Quite some time ago, Microsoft announced that it will be ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. What does that mean for those who still use that venerable operating system, first released in August 2001?
More details and risk factors you should be considering are presented in articles like this one from technibble.com. (Windows 7 was extant at the time of that article, and Windows 8 has since been released, of course.) Read and become an informed user.
In a nutshell ... Windows XP won't just stop working. People can still use it. However, it will be difficult, if not nearly impossible, to find good, reliable, solid security programs - anti-virus, anti-spyware, etc. - programs to use with Windows XP. Most of the major software manufacturers will not produce new programs that can be run in Windows XP. Those are the BIG REASONS to not use Windows XP any further, not to mention that people with bad intentions, as pointed out in the article, will continue to seek out vulnerabilities in Windows XP and exploit those weaknesses. That means that if you use your Windows XP computer for any financial transactions or other confidential transactions, you are basically putting your credit cards, bank accounts, etc. out there at risk.
see Microsoft's official XP Support page