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Wednesday, May 29, 2013  RssIcon

Did you know Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will no longer be supported from April 8, 2014. If your organisation has not started the migration process to a modern desktop, you are running late!

Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take between 18 to 32 months from business case through to full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to make sure deployment occurs before support ends.

Despite recently celebrating its eleventh birthday, XP is still the second most commonly used Windows Operating System in Australia after Windows 7, but it’s starting to show its age.

What does end of support mean for customers?


It means you should take action, as after April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks.

Here are 5 reasons why you should bite the bullet and upgrade to the latest Windows software:

  • Support - Microsoft will end support for Windows XP on April 8th 2014. This means there will be no more updates, patches or fixes for known issues.

 

  • Reliability – Windows XP isn’t as easy to repair as it’s younger siblings when things go wrong. Most PCs installed with XP are now quite old and they are more likely to develop faults. The net result is greater disruption to your business.

 

  • Compatibility – Nowadays, new software is developed and tested on Windows 7 and 8 but not necessarily tested on XP. This means you run the risk of installing new software that is unstable on your aging PC which may cause it to crash more often.

 

  • Security – It can no longer be said that your XP software is adequately protecting you against the latest Internet nasties. XP is much less secure than the latest Windows version which leaves you more vulnerable to exploits.

 

  • Performance – The latest Windows versions are generally faster than XP. Over a month you’ll save hours of productivity by using Windows 7 or 8 because it boots up much more quickly and runs programs with less delay.

 

How do I begin the Upgrade/Migration?


Upgrading from XP is relatively straight forward. Before you begin make sure your favourite programs are windows 7/8 compatible. Naturally your files, settings and folder structures need to be backed up prior to upgrading.

Small to Medium Business

There are many options for small to medium businesses considering moving to a modern PC with the latest productivity and collaboration tools. Small to mid-size organisations should speak to a Microsoft Certified Partner, such as Datawise, to learn about the best options to meet their business needs. If your current PC meets the system requirements for Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can buy it from Datawise.
 
Enterprise Customers

Microsoft offers large organisations in-depth technical resources, tools, and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer products and technologies. To learn more about migration and deployment programs contact Datawise now!

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx

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