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Why Migrate from Windows XP?
April’s a big month: it’s tax season, spring is in full swing, plus it’s a great time for new things and spring cleaning. For Windows XP users, new things are even more important as Microsoft’s support for the long-running Windows XP operating system is coming to an end on April 8th, 2014.
So you use Windows XP… what does support ending mean for you, and why do you need to migrate to something new? Let’s take a look.
This is the big one; whether you’re using your computers for internal processes, working with customers or storing client data, any break in security can mean the health of your business and comes with serious liability issues. Microsoft will not be issuing hot fixes or security patches to solve newly found exploits; that means that any software flaws and vulnerabilities found as of April 8th will continue to be a liability to your systems. It’s not a great place to be.
Contrast that with modern versions of Windows like Windows 7 and Windows 8; both of these versions receive timely updates if and when vulnerabilities are found, keeping your data safe. It’s an easy call to make when there’s so much on the line.
When it comes to reasons why you need to migrate, this one’s fairly simple: we all need compatibility with software and hardware; it’s one of the things that makes Windows great! Microsoft has had this move on the books for quite some time, and manufacturers of both software and hardware have received the message loud and clear: new applications aren’t being developed for the legacy operating system, and compatibility with new hardware has been difficult for Windows XP users for quite some time. If you want to continue to be able to grow your business, you need to move forward with Windows.
If you’ve been there since the beginning, you’ve been using Windows XP for over 11 years. The strides made in hardware and software in that time are huge; USB 2, USB 3, 802.11 Wi-Fi N and AC, and countless advances in how Windows itself works. This is your opportunity to take another look at your infrastructure and your computing environment, and move to something better, faster, and smarter.
The How of the Why
Moving away from Windows XP isn’t a journey you need to take on your own. Support services from companies like Dell give you the expertise you need on-demand to make the change without having to worry about how to go through the process by yourself. Dell has migrated more PCs from Windows XP than any other firm, numbering almost 1 million computers per year over the last few years. Their deployment process includes testing, packaging, and zero-touch deployment; that means you’ll spend some time telling them how you use your current computing infrastructure, and they’ll find a solution that works for you right now, while opening up efficiencies and options that you might not have considered. Taking the step forward from Windows XP doesn’t have to be complicated… if you have the right partner!
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