Windows XP End of Life Preparation: Are you ready?

Did you know that Microsoft predicts that a total operating system migration can take as long as 6windows_xp_end-of_life_preparation_are_you_ready months to complete?

 

With the Microsoft XP end of life date set for April 8, companies that lean on the OS will soon find themselves in a
pickle without an insurance plan.

Without patches to bridge the gap to new software and applications, your company might be stuck using legacy applications indefinitely. Also, the longer companies wait, the higher the risk for security threats – including malware and spam build-ups. To make matters worse, organizations that stick with Windows XP will pay more up front for system fixes due to ended support.

 

The fact is that upgrading operating systems is inevitable, and the longer it takes to bite the bullet, the more money an organization has the potential to lose.

 

That’s right, my friends. Consider this the eulogy for that once-great, dependable operating system known as Windows XP. In the great words of Monty Python, this is an EX-operating system. It’s kicked the bucket, shuffled of its mortal coil, and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!

 

In other words, Microsoft is pulling the plug, and the time has come to bid farewell to the dead and step into the future. There are several ways companies are handling this shift. The first is to update your desktop licensing and simply upgrade operating systems.

 

Windows 7 and Windows 8 offer great features, such as:

 

  • Built-in social networking via modern UI apps
  • Account sync – a tool that allows users to sync account settings across multiple PCs
  • Multiple-monitor set ups
  • Picture password options to replace alphanumeric passwords
  • Improved interface management of internal and external storage drives
  • Faster startup times
  • Personalized start screens with live email, social media, and other tiles

Many companies are also considering the implementation of virtual desktop environments. In the face of a great desktop transition, you should be aware that VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) is regarded as one of the most cost-effective technology projects available today.

 

With VDI implementations, companies no longer have to upgrade workstations, and by repurposing existing hardware like PCs, procurement is limited to software. VDI supports a mobile workforce, meaning employees can log in remotely, and every worker has access to the latest operating systems.

 

One of the greatest features of VDI is that upgrades can be done in one fell swoop (wouldn’t it be nice not to find yourself in this same jam a few years from now?). With remote patching and updates, IT personnel never have to jump from workstation to workstation again. This also makes life that much easier for administrators who can trouble-shoot problems from the comfort of the data center.

 

Overall, now is the time to act for companies that are currently depending on Windows XP operating systems.

 

At Tech Zone, our experts have been handling large scale XP migrations in the greater Toronto area for over 7 years. We know what we’re doing, and have helped companies of all sizes and levels of need. Contact one of our specialists to see what we can offer your company, and schedule your free XP Migration Assessment!