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Microsoft warns XP users the end is near

Sunday - 3/9/2014, 10:10am  ET

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) -- Microsoft is preparing its customers for the end of technical support and security updates for its XP operating system.

As of April 8, Microsoft says it will retire its old, dependable operating system, which first shipped in 2001.

Greg Sullivan, Microsoft's director of Windows, says "We can't continue to support it forever."

Sullivan says it's a standard industry practice to retire operating systems in the constantly evolving tech world. He points to Apple's recent decision to end support for its Snow Leopard operating system, which shipped in 2009.

XP users are being asked to go to AmIRunningXP.com for information on how to upgrade their systems.

Microsoft is encouraging its customers to upgrade to its Windows 8 operating system, which has received mixed reviews.

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005-w-36-(Martin Di Caro, AP correspondent, with Greg Sullivan, director, Microsoft Windows)--Microsoft is trying to prepare its customers for the end of support for Windows XP. AP correspondent Martin Di Caro reports. (9 Mar 2014)

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019-a-08-(Greg Sullivan, director, Microsoft Windows, in AP interview)-"beginning next month"-Microsoft Windows director Greg Sullivan says as of April 8 Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. (9 Mar 2014)

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020-a-10-(Greg Sullivan, director, Microsoft Windows, in AP interview)-"do about it"-Microsoft Windows director Greg Sullivan says customers should go to a new website to find out how to transition from Windows XP. (9 Mar 2014)

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018-a-09-(Greg Sullivan, director, Microsoft Windows, in AP interview)-"and be productive"-Microsoft Windows director Greg Sullivan says Windows will stop providing technical support and security updates to Windows XP next month. (9 Mar 2014)

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