It's been 12 years since it was initially released. In that time, Windows XP has gained a reputation for being a stable operating system that's great for business. Sadly, its time has run out. Effective April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide support or develop updates for Windows XP. This also includes Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser for Windows XP. So what does this mean for TOPS users?
TOPS Professional 4.x
At this time, we have no plans to end support for TOPS Professional under Windows XP. That said, we cannot assist customers with issues related to an unsupported operating system, such as security breaches or errors. As long as the operating system remains stable, we will continue to support our software running on the environment, but be aware that there is most definitely a ticking clock, and you should begin looking to switch your operating systems in the near future.
TOPS Hosted and TOPS iQ
Presently, TOPS Hosted and TOPS iQ will continue to work in IE 8, however, there are already some idiosyncrasies that stem from the use of this older browser (currently, Internet Explorer is in version 11). We highly encourage users of TOPS Hosted and TOPS iQ to upgrade your systems to a newer operating system.
Many of our newer website properties (such as the CAMfire conference site - www.camfire-conference.com) make use of HTML 5, a newer code base that is not supported in IE 8. If you are on Windows XP and do not have plans to upgrade your system, we recommend that you switch browsers to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox so that you can take full advantage of the features on TOPS websites.
While you CAN continue to use TOPS as outlined above, we cannot express enough how important it is that you begin your journey to upgrade as soon as possible. Many experts have spoken out about the security issues XP customers will face in the coming months, and some even speculate that hackers have already begun stockpiling exploits to use on XP machines once support is discontinued.
If You Can't Upgrade
If for any reason you are unable to upgrade your XP systems right away, we highly recommend that you make sure you are using the latest XP service Pack, and run a full Windows Update to ensure that you have every update available to you before April 8th. We also recommend that you update all of your external security software, such as your virus protection and anti-malware programs. Also, be advised that if you choose not to upgrade, TOPS cannot take any responsibility for security breaches that may occur due to your outdated operating systems - after April 8th, use XP at your own risk.