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Windows XP Support

Microsoft has announced the end of technical support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. After that date, the operating system will no longer receive updates, including critical updates that address issues which can compromise the security of the system. It has been our general policy to discontinue support for a platform that is no longer supported by Microsoft. However, it is evident that Windows XP will continue to be used by a significant number of businesses and end-users as they complete the process of transitioning to a supported version of Windows. To assist our customers with this transition period, we have decided to continue to provide support for our products on Windows XP.

If you continue to use Windows XP, you should understand the risks, particularly if the system has an Internet connection. The platform will no longer receive critical security updates, which leaves it potentially vulnerable to viruses, spyware and other harmful software that can compromise your data. For more information, please refer to Microsoft’s  website.

To be eligible for technical support on Windows XP, you must have Service Pack 3 (SP3) installed. For Windows XP Professional 64-bit Edition, Service Pack 2 (SP2) must be installed. The system should also be current with all important and critical updates available from Windows Update, up to the end of support on April 8, 2014. This includes both development and end-user systems, as well as virtual machines (VMs) that may be used for testing purposes.

You must upgrade to the current version of our software to continue to receive support on Windows XP. Older versions of our software will not be supported on Windows XP after it has reached its end-of-life. The next planned release of SocketTools will continue to support Windows XP, Windows XP 64-bit Edition and Windows Server 2003. If you have any questions or concerns about upgrading your software, or future support for Windows XP, please contact us for assistance.

SocketTools 64-bit Components

SocketTools provides both 32-bit and 64-bit components and libraries for the Windows platform. Although most applications today continue to be 32-bit, there is no question that 64-bit platforms are growing along with demand for native 64-bit applications. It’s estimated that over 50% of the Windows 8.1 installations are the 64-bit version, and virtually all desktop and laptop PCs sold in the past 8 years have 64-bit processors. [Read More]

SocketTools IPv6 Support

One of the newer features in SocketTools has been support for IPv6 networks, in addition to IPv4 that most developers are already familiar with. Although IPv6 has been getting a lot of attention recently, it’s actually been around for quite a while now. Work on the protocol began in the early 1990’s and there have been public IPv6 networks that have existed for over a decade now. However, up to this point it has never gained much traction and IPv4 remains the dominant protocol used over the Internet. This is in the process of changing however, because we’re rapidly approaching the exhaustion of new IPv4 addresses. If you develop software that accesses the Internet, this affects you. [Read More]

SocketTools Server Components

SocketTools includes components and an API framework that are designed to significantly simplify the process of creating TCP/IP server applications. In the Library Edition, it’s an extension of the existing SocketWrench API, with additional functions designed to create an instance of the server and manage the client session. In the .NET Edition and ActiveX Edition, server components provide an interface that is similar to the current SocketWrench control. [Read More]

Prioritizing File Transfers

One typical requirement for many applications today is the ability to transfer files between the local system and a remote server, and the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Hyptertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) are the two most commonly used Internet protocols for this purpose. SocketTools has components that support both of these protocols, making it a simple task to integrate this functionality into your own software.
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