On April 8, 2014 the Windows XP Operating System will no longer be supported by Microsoft. No more bug fixes and no more security patches to help keep the bad guys out of your computer. So what now? Some might suggest that they have security softwares like Norton and McAfee that will simply take care of any of their problems or perhaps a new firewall is the answer. But some security experts have suggested the idea that some hackers are just waiting for Microsoft to abandon ship before they start to plunder computers still using the XP OS. And it won’t be just the old operating system that will cease to be supported by Microsoft but also the support for Office 2003 ends as well. It seems ironic that a product that has had such enduring loyalty as the 12 year run of the Windows XP OS is being thrown away while newer systems such as Vista and Windows 8 have been barely adopted at all. To me that sounds like a message from the customers that they rely on and want good operating systems and will remain loyal if the right product is made.
Amazingly enough sources on the Internet state that the old operating system still commands 40% of all business computers. This is a high percentage for an old software which brings up even more questions concerning the cost of upgrades and what that will entail. If a company has older machines that are not capable of running the new Windows 8.1 Operating System, they may be forced to upgrade their hardware. New CPU’s may require new peripheral hardware and software not to mention that custom company software may not be compatible with the new OS. This all adds up to an expensive investment that cannot be ignored.
To read more about how the change from XP Operating System will affect the business community and how IT departments will need to deal with the changes, please check out the following links for more detailed information.
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