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Windows XP Support Ends

Microsoft Ends Support for Windows XP — Fastpay to Stop Accepting Connections from XP

After 12 years of supporting Windows XP, Microsoft is discontinuing support on April 8, 2014. This means there will no longer be security or technical updates to the Windows XP operating system (OS).

Why is this important to you?

There are many reasons this is important to you, but here are a few:

Compliance: If your business is governed by regulations such as HIPAA, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), or other payment card industry (PCI) standards, you may find that you are unable to satisfy those requirements using a non-supported, outdated OS.

Security: Since Microsoft will no longer be providing Windows XP with security updates, any PC still running XP may become vulnerable to viruses, spyware, malware, and other security threats.

Lack of Software and Hardware Support or Compatibility: Many vendors and manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP. Your software or hardware may no longer run.

You Will NOT be Able to Connect to Fastpay Systems: Starting Monday, July 7, 2014, Fastpay will stop accepting connections from PCs running Windows XP: This means if you try to log on to the Fastpay website to do your payroll, view a report, or anything else, your connection will be refused. While we realize this may cause some inconvenience, this is a necessary step for us to stay compliant with our auditors and to maintain the security and integrity of your payroll data and personally identifiable information (PII) such as social security numbers and bank account numbers.

If you have not already, we suggest you start discussions with your IT department or IT provider now, so that you can stay current and are prepared ahead of time.

What's Next?

I already upgraded to Windows _____, when would that support end?: If you want to be proactive in your system planning, Microsoft publishes end of life dates years in advance. You can find the current lifecycle sheet for all current Microsoft operating systems here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/lifecycle

For more information on end of life for XP from Microsoft, please see this notice: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/end-of-support.aspx

Posted 08 April, 2014