Windows XP has a reputation for being Microsoft’s most reliable operating system ever, however on 8th April 2014 Microsoft will no longer release updates and patches for it and also Office 2003.
1.Why is this happening?
Because Microsoft introduced it’s support lifecycle policy back in 2002 which was designed to give consumers predictability and transparency for supported Microsoft products.
2. What does this mean for my business?
It means if you’re running Windows XP or Office 2003, as of April 8th 2014 they will no longer receive security updates and patches, potentially leaving your business vulnerable and non-compliant.
3. What’s next?
Well, there are choices available to you. Windows 8.1 is the latest operating system offering from Microsoft, however Windows 7 is still readily available to consumers and has been a very successful replacement for XP.
4. What about compatibility?
If you’re concerned about a business application compatibility with the new operating systems, have no fear! There are ways round this so you can benefit from new desktops without having to compromise any of your applications.
5. Where should I start?
Ask your MSP or IT provider to produce a report of all windows XP machines still on your network. This should help you determine whether the computers can be upgraded to Windows 8.1 as is, require upgrades, or must be replaced
If your business still has any Windows XP and Office 2003 machines in operation the time to upgrade is now. You may already have some Windows 7 or 8 desktops in your environment and it’s just a case of replacing those last few machines you just haven’t got round to.
If you are running an entirely XP desktop environment it’s not too late to plan your migration to a modern desktop environment.
Contact us today to discuss how we can help.
By Chris Houghton | Aztech IT Solutions Ltd