MICROSOFT IS ENDING ALL SUPPORT FOR WINDOWS XP IN
Microsoft is ending all technical support, security updates and bug fixes for Windows XP & Server 2003 on April 8, 2014. What are your options for a Windows XP / Server 2003 upgrade to Windows 7, 8.1 and Server 2012?
This means they’ll no longer be creating or providing important updates to correct security vulnerabilities and fix errors as cyber criminals and hackers discover them.
Many small businesses in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina are still running systems with Windows XP. If these computers aren’t removed from your network or otherwise protected, those companies could – and probably will – be open to cyber attacks, ransomware, malware, viruses, rootkits and other security issues.
Should I upgrade?
Many small business owners are taking a “wait and see” approach on upgrading their systems to Windows 7. Worse, some are simply not planning at all. This head in the sand approach simply won’t work. At least not for long.
Many security experts are predicting a storm of attacks and hacking once the operating system is no longer supported.
You may also find that the applications you use to run your business are no longer supported as software developers abandon this ancient system.
What to do?
You’ll need to prepare your company for the upgrade. Fortunately, you have some time to work with your trusted IT advisor. But don’t delay. April 8, 2014 is a hard deadline.
It may be too expensive to replace all your company’s business computers that are running Windows XP all at once. But you can formulate a plan for your Windows XP upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. You may want to make the switch in phases. This makes the cash flow more manageable.
To do it right, you’ll have to plan your licensing and equipment purchases to take advantage of the Microsoft’s quantity discounts.
So, how do you decide on your upgrade approach?
- Work with a managed service provider and IT consulting firm who has two important characteristics:
- One, they talk you out of doing nothing – don’t even consider that path!
- Two, they have experience with managing technology refresh projects.
In Raleigh-Durham, NC, that’s Petronella Technology Group! Please complete the form on the right and we’ll be in touch immediately.