Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly technology column. Windows XP is now thirteen years old and has been superseded over the years by Windows Vista, Windows 7 and now Windows 8. It is old technology and this April it is to be killed off by Microsoft who plan to stop releasing new updates for the aging operating system. Despite its age, about a third of the computers on the internet still use Windows XP which is a great concern if these computers stay in use after April. When Microsoft withdraws its support, it will leave the OS open to attack from hackers because any vulnerabilities will no longer be patched. Microsoft has been adamant that they will not extend their support again, although they have now relented slightly and will continue updating Windows XP’s antivirus protection after the OS hits end of life in April.