Keep your digital research tools up-to-date

Microsoft announced yesterday that they will end support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. If you are using an even older version of Windows, you’ve already lost support for your system. What does this mean to you? It means you no longer get updates from Microsoft to fix bugs found in your operating system – including vulnerabilities that could make it easy for hackers to gain control of your computer. It means you’ll find that software applications are leaving you behind too. And, because web sites are taking advantage of the latest and greatest features in current browsers, you could find yourself getting left behind there too.

If you’re still running on an old computer that doesn’t have the processing power or memory needed to keep up with today’s operating systems, it’s time to consider upgrading to a new computer. Thanks in part to the growing interest in tablets, you can find desktop computers starting as low as $300. There are a lot more choices too. In addition to desktops, there are laptops and netbooks (smaller than laptops).

It doesn’t cost you anything to look.


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