Why Sticking with Windows XP After Support Ends is a Bad Idea

MoveAwayfromXPWindows XP support ends April 8, 2014.  Are you ready?

While the innovations from Windows XP were game changers
back in 2001, users today need more than the desktop of ten years ago to stay
competitive in the 21st century. Users today require more technology choice to meet the diverse
workstyles they need to get the job done.

Some of the key trends that we are experiencing today are:

Key trends

•Anywhere, any time is the new normal. People work from multiple locations and from multiple devices (according to Forrester’s “2013 Mobile Workforce adoption trends):
•BYOD is growing and going mainstream; mobile devices, smartphones and tablets are a fast growing category
•Mobile devices require apps – and Mobile apps are a fast growing category as well (anecdotally, Windows Store exceeded 100M app installs 90 days after Launch in October’12; number of apps in Store quadrupled in the same time)

What does it mean to you?

  • You will no longer receive security patches, hotfixes, or incident support.
  • Running on an older OS platform is – on a technical level – less secure, more difficult to manage, and expensive to maintain
  • Running on an older OS platform also exposes your customer to business and regulatory risks they need to manage. You many incur costs as well as the technical issues relating to custom support.

Suggested action:

  • Consider migrating to Windows 7 and Windows 8 to take advantage of the new features of the latest versions of Windows to improve security, end user productivity and supportability.
  • Extended support for Windows 7 will be provided until 2020

Want to know more?  Read the IDC article here