Our friends at Microsoft are preparing to make a big change in support for one of their most widely used programs, read on…
Windows XP support ending from Microsoft. Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years and they have announced an end to that support. As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date. (If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your PC will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to protect your PC.)
If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP. A link to a trade publication article further explaining the situation is located here.
What does this mean for University of Nebraska and Nebraska State College System students, faculty, staff and business partners? After April 8th, 2014 anyone connecting to University of Nebraska network resources may be required to have an updated operating system on their computer i.e. Windows 7 or newer. The use of older operating systems like Windows XP after April 8th 2014 presents a risk to personal information stored on your computer, and to University IT systems including exposure to malware and viruses that may disrupt operations or result in loss of sensitive data. Therefore, on April 8th 2014, anyone trying to access University systems with a computer using Windows XP may be blocked and be redirected to a webpage explaining this situation. This could affect your ability to access Firefly, SAPPHIRE, eSHOP, Employee Self Service, NeSIS student information and all University systems containing sensitive data.
What can you do to avoid any disruption in access to University networks? There are two options for you to consider. For computers provided to you by the University, contact your campus service or help desk for instructions. Your IT service group will work with you (or your department) to upgrade or replace your computer with the correct operating system. For personal computers you own (not provided by the University) first, try to upgrade your computer’s operating system to Windows 7 or newer. Upgrades are available online from Microsoft, many resellers, and at many local computer software retailers. If your computer does not have the hardware to support an upgraded operating system, you will need to upgrade hardware or purchase a new computer with a newer operating system. If you have questions please contact the UNCA Security Team or the UNCA Service Desk.