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325 days to go…then you’re on your own

Despite the fact that it is eleven years old, more than 30% of the SMB market are still using Windows XP and exposing their business to dangerous security threats. Crazy.

Support for Windows XP ends on 8 April 2014, which basically means that there will be no more updates, patches or fixes for known issues coming from Microsoft, or in other words – you’re on your own.

Today’s cyber security landscape makes it a mandate to adopt the most robust security controls available to help protect your business and its customers. New, innovative Windows and Office technologies can help you maintain network security and compliance; protect customer information; and deliver new possibilities for mobile productivity.

Now is the time to upgrade.

Upgrading the desktop is a time-consuming activity, requiring extensive planning and preparation. With 30% of SMBs still on XP, the strain on IT services organisations to meet upgrade demands before the deadline will be huge. You need to get in now to ensure the security and privacy implications of end of support don’t have significant impacts on your business. And there are some great productivity gains to be realised running on new hardware and with the latest applications.

Any change is difficult, and moving from Windows XP is no exception. A lot has changed in the decade since Windows XP was released; there are much better tools to help manage your environment (desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and even employee-owned devices), and help automate the migration process as much as possible.

If it’s not something your internal resources can manage then any reputable IT services organisation should be able to help you plan the best migration strategy for your organisation. Don’t leave it till it’s too late!