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In less than a year, those holding onto their precious Windows XP systems will be left to fend for themselves. Microsoft will no longer provide any support to Windows XP as of April 8, 2014. After all, it has been over 11 and a half years since Windows XP was first launched and we were shocked to see how many businesses continue to run Windows XP and even Internet Explorer 6.
Why do so many businesses continue to hang onto to these aging technologies? After all, many industry pundits continue to stress the importance for business to consistently review the technology they have invested in and look for new solutions to help increase efficiencies and lower the overall costs of technology support and simple maintenance of aging software and computers.
Joining Windows XP and Internet Explorer 6 on the Microsoft support chopping block will be Microsoft Office 2003, Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2010 (Service Pack 2). But did you know? Windows XP Mode is available for Windows 7 so if you were holding off upgrading to Windows 7 because of your legacy software applications, you have no excuse, your Windows XP applications will run on Windows 7.
38% percent of businesses continue to use Windows XP. We understand that many will continue to hold onto Windows XP for as long as they can, stretching it out to the last possible minute. But keep this mind, with the end of support from Microsoft comes the end of security updates as well. What are you willing to risk to hold onto that aging technology solution?
Are you hoping Microsoft will buckle under the pressure and stretch out support for Windows XP even longer? That is highly unlikely. Microsoft wants business to adopt their latest technologies and really, if your business hasn’t reviewed upgrading your technology over the past 11 ½ years, a few additional months is not really going to make a difference.
Not to worry, your Houston IT services team is here to help you make sense of all the confusion out there. Our skilled Houston IT service professionals will sit down with you and come up with a plan to aid in your migration from Windows XP and get your business the best solution possible. Is that Windows 7 or Windows 8? We don’t know until you speak with us. Call us today and book your Windows XP meeting with us.