A Year From Now Support for Windows XP Ends, Now What?

A Year From Now Support for Windows XP Ends, Now What?

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If your business is still running Windows XP, now is the time to upgrade to a modern OS.

In 2001, Windows XP was launched, and went on to become Microsoft’s most popular operating system of its time, aiding consumers and business users to be more productive and secure as high-speed Internet became ubiquitous at work and eventually in our homes. It’s no question that Windows XP was an outstanding operating system to meet the needs of customers more than a decade ago.

Nearly 12 years later, technology has evolved leaps and bounds, along with the needs and expectations of those who use it. Modern businesses now have an increasing need to protect their data and ensure security, compliance and manageability. Meanwhile, modern users demand technologies that fit their personal work style and allow them to stay productive anytime, anywhere on a variety of devices.

This natural evolution of technology is what is at the heart of our product lifecycle policy. A year from now will mark the final milestone for Windows XP – that of its end of support date. Starting April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide support for Windows XP users. This means that customers and partners will no longer receive security updates to the operating system or be able to leverage tech support from Microsoft after this time.

Moving away from Windows XP to a more modern platform in Windows 7 and Windows 8 will ready your IT infrastructure for future technology solutions and growth of your company.

Windows 8 is the modern OS for modern businesses, building on Windows 7 fundamentals like speed, reliability and security, while creating a modern platform designed for a new generation of hardware options. With an ever-increasing lineup of devices, from notebooks, tablets, desktops, touch or type, there is now more choice than ever before with a device to fit the specific needs and unique scenarios of businesses of any size.

Customers worldwide see the opportunity to take advantage of a modern operating system to support security and compliance requirements, while utilizing the latest technology from Microsoft to address the need for increased mobility. Companies from BT PLC, Emirates Airlines, Seton Hall University and Toyota Racing Developmentmoved beyond XP to Windows 7 and are deploying Windows 8 to support their unique mobility business needs, and value Windows 8 for its support for touch-based computing in particular.

NOW is the time to move to a more modern Windows operating system and modernize your IT infrastructure.

Businesses still running Windows XP are missing out on the tangible benefits of modernizing their IT investments from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice to meet the needs of a mobile workforce, higher employee productivity and lower cost of ownership by future-proofing their IT investments.

Recognizing that not all situations are alike, businesses may need to take different approachesto their operating system migrations due to the specific needs of their environment. For some, moving their full company to Windows 8 will be the best choice, and for others it may be migrating first to Windows 7. Still, for many, it will be deploying Windows 8 side-by-side with Windows 7 for key scenarios, such as Windows 8 tablets for mobile users.

And as businesses plan to purchase new devices as part of their Windows XP migration process, they should consider user scenarios where their company will benefit from having employees use touch devices – whether it is tablets, laptops with touch capabilities, all-in-ones, or other innovative devices. This way, companies conducting hardware refresh cycles can benefit from higher productivity of its users in the immediate term, while ensuring that they are modernizing an increasingly higher proportion of their installed PCs with touch capabilities – readying their business for the future Windows platform migrations.

Don’t put your business at risk.

While end of support for Windows XP is still one year away, the migration process can take some time and may be costlier the longer you stayon Windows XP, ultimately putting your business at risk. The security landscape is ever-changing and new threats are coming to fruition every day, so it is critical that businesses ensure they protect their data and IP against the latest threats by deploying a modern Windows platform.

Many companies of all sizes have either already made the switch off of Windows XP, or are in the process of migrating over to Windows 7 and Windows 8, enabling them to realize greater possibilities for their business using technology that simply wasn’t possible in 2001. Those that haven’t yet started their migration process need to begin as soon as possible to ensure that they meet the April 8, 2014 deadline.

There are many tools, resources and best practices available, making migration easier than you may think.

And if you are a small or medium sized business currently running Windows XP Professional PCs, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro and Office Standard 2013 at a 15% discount now through June 30 as part of Microsoft’s Get2Modern offer. This offer is only available on up to 249 licenses each of Windows 8 Pro and Office 2013 Standard editions.

So what are you waiting for?

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  • Window 8 an advanced os? Is seems as though Microsoft wants everyone to convert to Linux or dare I say apples IOS.  Windows 8 is absolutely unusable for anything other than social media.  Microsoft we are not all 14 year old girls what the hell are you thinking!  

  • What? I can't believe Windows 95 & 98 still exist lol, but hey I guess the power of Windows just doesn't go away.

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  • I used to be great fan of Windows XP until it began to give me endless hiccups and I decided there and then to move up with the times. I am running on Windows 7 and looking to upgrade to 8 soon.

  • I'm still using Win95 & 98 on over 100 non networked PC's . I even roll xp back to Win98. That OS can be installed via erstore disk in 15 minutes!!

  • Honestly guys???????

    I've migrated corporations from XP to Vista to Windows 7 and each has had challenges but the benefits out weighed them. 7 is s leek platform and frankly if you're having to install the classic shell script to get it to look like XP then you don't know what you're doing.

    Windows 8 isn't on the plans mainly due to the lack of a "Microsoft" solution to something similar to windows 7 desktop and the additional steps needed by the user to get to locations that were more direct in 7.

    Of course you can run third party add ins to change the look and feel but nothing from the MSFT.

    Retooling and retraining our workforce isn't an option.

  • I recently published a little story with my experience with Windows 8, and some recommendations. Hope you find this useful: blog.atos.net/.../windows-8-dont-forget-about-alt-f4

  • ilqin
    0 Posts

    نىمىشقا بۇ توربەتكە ئۇيغۇرچىنى نۇرمال يازغىلى بولمايدۇ؟؟؟

  • ilqin
    0 Posts

    ئەلۋەتتە windows8 گە كوچۇۋالدۇك، بەكلا ياقتۇرۇپ قالدىم بۇ دىتالنى، لىكىن office قاتارلىق دىتاللارنىڭ ئۇيغۇرچە تىل بولىقى تىزراق چىقاس بولاتتى...

  • I am love windows..forever.


  • - Thanks for the comment! Could we maybe tone down the website advertisement that you include in many of your comments? There isn't a need to include a website URL on every comment. Thanks!

  • I have worked with many people that still use XP. They swear by it. I myself prefer Windows 7 over XP. There are a lot of companies that have had to drag their employees kicking and screaming onto newer more secure OS'. It happens all the time and will continue to happen. People that are not tech minded hate to adjust to a new OS when all they may do is something like accounting. They know their accounting software and to navigate around a new OS is a pain to them. http://www.geekchoice.com

  • burakk
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    Admittedly we do use Windows 7 but only for certain 'IT admin functions'. From a user standpoint, using Windows 7 is painful, after XP... UX they call it these days. People here love XP, struggle with Windows 7 but hate 8. Maybe they (includes me) shouldn't exist, but they do and this is a hard fact that they won't use Windows  8 - not after they have experienced XP.

  • Really Burakk... a better operating system than XP is not Windows 7?  Clearly you don't work in an office setting or perform any IT admin functions.  

    Granted Windows 8 hasn't won me over (yet) but Windows 7 is a truly great OS.  

  • hfztt
    0 Posts

    It is a nice change to see microsoft between the lines admit that Windows 8 is not for everyone, and that desktop users might be better off with Windows 7.

    I hope that we will see this attitude be more apparent with the next Windows release. I can see how the new Windows 8 start screen and Modern UI might make sense on mobile devices, but both are sub optimal on desktop devices. It is not that I am adverse to evolveing the Windows Desktop UI, not at all, but it should be an evolution that embraces what desktop use is about, not a mobile device touch centric interface.

    The desktop is about productivity and information richness, the mobile about simplicity and accessability, and those two pradigms are often as odds with each other, so you cant just mix them and expect everyone to be happy.

  • doktorg
    4 Posts

    @burakk how is Windows 7 "not working" compared to XP? it's a desktop OS. It has a file explorer. You can install office on it. It connects with ease to windows exchange/domain/sql servers. Oracle software works on it fine. you can use what ever browser you please. Devices and applications that are 10 years old seem to work fine on it as well, even if they sometimes need tweaking. I seriously don't understand how it doesn't "work" for you. If you're in IT, maybe you shouldn't be. And windows 8 just turns the start "menu" to a start "screen". I taught a 70 year old the difference in 5 minutes and she's fine with it. If you've used windows 8 for a few days you'll see why it's a lot more faster and powerful than 7.

  • xpclient
    50 Posts

    I had to develop my own solution, Classic Shell, to fix the horrid Vista/7 user experience. Windows 8 can't even be 100% fixed by Classic Shell, only the Start menu issue is fixed. Many issues remain. Microsoft's failing UX is the cause of such failure - of Vista first, now Windows 8. Incompetent people in UX team is why MS lost its dominance to Apple and Android.

  • I may have to go back to Ms-Dos 6.22 and Win 3.11 for workgroups, Microsoft stop forcing bad O.S. upgrades, please???


  • burakk
    0 Posts

    @doktorg If it is working for you, then that's great. Unfortunately, it's not for us, and I will hate to switch to Linux or whatever else, after more than 20 years of Windows use, that's the reason of my frustration and hence sounding like a troll. There is absolutely no way we will be using Windows 8, so either Microsoft provides a better OS or extends support for XP, or loses us. I'd prefer the better OS option.

  • doktorg
    4 Posts

    @burakk hahaha Windows 7 is barely usable.... troll much? i put my network all on 7 over a year ago and users are loving it. Main improvements have been pc and network speed. I'll be starting to migrate to 8 over the next year and adding touch devices to the equation and the business is gonna love it. Keep it up MSFT!

  • burakk
    0 Posts

    I'm waiting for a better OS than XP, from Microsoft. Windows 7 is barely usable, Vista and 8 are not at all. If we are forced to quit XP, I'm sure that we won't be _downgrading_ to Windows 8. If XP has 1 more year, that means that's also the deadline for Microsoft to provide a better OS. So what are you waiting for MSFT?