Windows XP is officially on its last legs, as support will officially end on April 8, 2014. The largest impact for users is that after this date Microsoft will no longer release security updates for Windows XP. Users still on XP should consider upgrading right away in order to avoid leaving their system vulnerable. Organizations planning to stick with Windows XP past April 2014, should also plan to deal with the security fall out as well.
Why is Microsoft ending support for Windows XP?
Microsoft introduced its support lifecycle policy in 2002, for more predictable support for Microsoft products. According to this policy, Microsoft products will receive a minimum of 10 years of support, at the supported service pack level. Those still running on Windows XP, and have not started the upgrade are running behind. Historical customer data shows that the average deployment can take 18 to 32 months until full deployment. To ensure continued support you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.
What does the end of support mean?
It means that after April 8, 2014 Windows XP users will be at risk due to no new security updates. Continuing to run Windows XP will be exposing your company to security and compliance risks. This could be recognized as a control failure, leading to suspension of certifications, and or public notification of an organization’s inability to maintain its system and customer information.
How can my small to medium sized business begin my migration?
Small to medium sized businesses have options to consider when upgrading to the latest productivity and collaboration tools. These organizations should contact River Run Computers to help understand the best options to meet the needs of their business. River Run Computers will be able to evaluate your current setup, and your future needs, to help you determine which option will be the best for your organization.