In April this year Microsoft officially stopped supporting Windows XP & Office 2003. Both of these products are still in use on many 100,000's PC's across the globe.
What does this mean for you? In reality you could opt to keep using Windows XP and it may function the same way it always has, however there are a couple of factors that you need consider if you are contemplating continuing to use.
First up is the fact that Microsoft are no longer providing support, this includes not releasing any further Windows patches or security updates, now that Microsoft has stopped this it won't be long before other major software vendors also decide to pull the plug on supporting their products on Windows XP. This of particular concern for your personal and digital security. Having a supported operating system along with good security measures such as antivirus and anti-malware software will put you in the best position to be safe online.
The other consideration that we touched on above is that other software vendors will eventually stop there support as well. Add to this that since Windows XP launched all those years ago there have been major advancements in hardware technology. The chances of the latest mainboards, video cards etc that would support Windows XP is pretty limited, this means that if you intend to upgrade any of your components be it because you want to or due to a failure you will be hard pressed to find hardware that is compatible.
The latest operating system from Microsoft is Windows 8. Watch the short video from this Blog that gives you a taste of what you can expect from Windows 8.