Still using Windows XP? The time to change is now... and time is running out! Support for Windows XP ends April 8, 2014. We've compiled some information to help your business transition through the XP-iration smoothly and efficiently.

Don't be caught without support.

Microsoft estimates that  30% of its small- to medium-sized clients are still using Windows XP. In surveying enterprise customers with five to 250 employees, Microsoft found that only 55% of them knew about the forthcoming end of support for XP. Of this group, almost 70% didn’t know what the change will entail.

Windows XP was released on August 24, 2001 and went on to become Microsoft’s most popular operating system. Since then, the operating system has received three major service packs and thousands of security updates.

All Microsoft products have a lifecycle. The lifecycle begins when a product is released and ends when it's no longer supported or sold. Knowing key dates in this lifecycle helps you make informed decisions about when to upgrade or make other changes to your software. Microsoft’s typical support lifecycle policy is 10 years of support with five years Mainstream Support and five years of Extended Support.

Don’t Put Your Business at Risk.

After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will not provide any new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates for Windows XP. Running Windows XP after its end-of-support date will expose your company to potential risks.

Security Risks. No security updates puts your Windows XP PCs at risk for harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. One infected Windows XP PC could infect your entire network.

Compliance Risks. Many business regulations require a patched environment. Failing to upgrade or replace your Windows XP PCs may lead to a failed internal or external audit, which could then lead to non-compliance issues and/or suspension of certifications.

Software Risks. Many software vendors have already discontinued support for Windows XP. After end-of-support date, vendors will likely not provide support for their software on Windows XP.

Hardware Risks. Many hardware vendors have already discontinued support for Windows XP. New devices such as printers, scanners, webcams, drives and so on will not have XP driver support.

What Are My Options?

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 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.

Please contact Tracy Slaughter or your Account Executive at 616-719-4100 to schedule your free technology assessment to upgrade your technology and plan your Windows 8 migration.


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