Still on Microsoft Windows XP? Time is running out
Key questions all businesses should think about as part of their migration planning
Mississauga, ON – April 8, 2013 – While Windows XP is no longer the most used operating system on the planet – Windows 7 surpassed it last year – the upcoming April 2014 deadline to receive support for older Windows XP devices raises the question for many businesses of what to do with their older technology as they look to protect valuable IP and customer information.
Business and personal technology has dramatically changed over the last decade. Traditional desktop and laptop PCs are being joined by newer form factors like Ultrabooks, all-in-ones, and tablets. Writeable CDs are increasingly being replaced by cloud-based storage solutions like SkyDrive. Connectivity and accessibility once limited to offices is now possible at home, in the car or even on a beach. Windows 8, released this fall, reflects this evolution.
As businesses evaluate their migration path from Windows XP, there are a few key questions to consider:
· What does support look like for the software applications you need for work? As Windows XP heads off into the sunset, many of the applications that were originally written for it will cost extra in support costs – especially as independent software vendors increasingly stop supporting their newer apps running on Windows XP. This is one of the reasons why firms like IDC predict the longer businesses wait to move to Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8, the pricier custom support for Windows XP gets.
· What kinds of form factors do your employees need to be successful? With an ever-increasing lineup of Windows 8 form factors to choose from – from notebooks, tablets and all-in-ones that use touch – you can replace older hardware with a newer Windows device that reflect the unique needs of your employees and how they prefer to work today.
· How do you want to manage devices running on your corporate network? Businesses in particular are feeling the most pressure to stay up-to-date, with an increasing need to protect their data and manage all their devices, all while ensuring security and compliance.
Companies such as BT PLC, Emirates Airlines, Seton Hall University and Toyota Racing Development moved from XP to Windows 7 and are now deploying Windows 8 because of how it reflects their needs today.
Not sure what’s the right solution for you? Microsoft is offering a variety of resources to help businesses, including deals through sites like www.Get2Modern.com.
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