Microsoft will officially end all support of Windows XP on April 8 th , 2014. Windows XP has been a reliable and widely accepted Windows operating system for over 12 years. However, all good things must come to an end. The end of support for Windows XP means that there will be no security updates or technical support available leaving any computer running Windows XP vulnerable to outside attacks.
What does this mean for you and your tax office?
It means you should take action. With Microsoft no longer providing security updates, your computer may become vulnerable to malware and viruses, jeopardizing the security and integrity of the sensitive data stored on your computer. Microsoft states “PCs running Windows XP after April 8 th , 2014, should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current supported operating system – such as Windows 8.1 – so you can receive regular security updates to protect the computer from malicious attacks” .
In addition to being exposed to security threats, software development companies (including TaxSlayer) will be using programming languages that are no longer compatible with Windows XP. This means that future software will not run on the Windows XP platform.
Can it wait until after April 15th?
We agree that the timing of this could not be worse for tax preparers, but Microsoft is warning everyone to update to the latest operating system as soon as possible. If you will be waiting until after April 15 th to upgrade, make sure that your anti-virus and firewall programs are up-to-date.
What operating systems can I use with TaxSlayer Pro?
TaxSlayer Pro is only compatible with the following Windows operating systems – Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. The newest version is Windows 8.1.
TaxSlayer Pro is here to help!
We understand that changing computers can be a daunting task, but you are partnered with the best technical support team in the industry! We are here to answer any questions you may have about Windows XP and offer suggestions on moving forward. We encourage you to contact us before making the move to a new computer. Doing so will allow us to help you seamlessly transition over to your new computer without any major interruptions to your business.
For more information on the End of Support for Windows XP, check out the link below that directs you to the Windows XP FAQ page on Microsoft’s website.