The clock’s been ticking down to the end of Windows XP support for a couple of years now, and as the 8th of April moves ever closer we’re continuing to focus on ensuring everyone is aware of the deadline and their options to remain secure and supported.

To this end, with a month to go until the grand goodbye, Windows XP customers using Home or Professional editions will receive the below official notification on their desktop via Windows Update on March 8th, including a link to our Windows XP End of Support website.

Coupled with this news, today Microsoft have also announced a partnership with Laplink to make available a new free tool, allowing individuals to easily copy files and settings from a Windows XP PC to a device running Windows 7 or newer. Whilst not aimed at business use, if you have family and friends who are yet to make the leap, but you don’t want to be coerced into doing the heavy lifting, this could prove a great halfway house to help ensure the process is hassle free!

For more information on today’s announcements, be sure to take a look at the Windows XP data transfer tool and end of support notifications post on the Windows Experience blog.