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Windows 8 Update: Microsoft dumps ad agency touting Windows 8, Surface

Tim Greene | Aug. 21, 2013
Also: Ad says Win 8 still better than iPad, Skype added to the OS, Firefox gets Modern for Windows 8

It's much safer for that reason alone to switch to something newer like Windows 8 or even Windows 7, according to a Microsoft blog.

While it describes the security features of XP as state-of-the-art when the operating system first came out, that was a long time ago. Meanwhile attackers have been honing their skills to the point that XP's security measures now fall short.

"The data we have on malware infection rates for Windows operating systems indicates that the infection rate for Windows XP is significantly higher than those for modern day operating systems like Windows 7 and Windows 8," Microsoft says. And so the company recommends upgrading to one of its newer operating systems.

Windows 8 boasts a number of security enhancements lacking in earlier versions of Windows.


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