Well, it’s been a great run, but Microsoft is pulling the plug on one of its best operating systems and ending support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This means that any security flaws discovered after this date will not be patched by Microsoft, leaving XP systems vulnerable to being compromised.
Companies still using Windows XP are now faced with difficult choices:
- Upgrade to Windows 7 or 8, which is both costly and inconvenient. Most systems running Windows XP are not capable of running Windows 7 or 8, requiring new computers to be purchased and installed. Software and hardware compatibility issues and the learning curve involved in figuring out the new operating system will further complicate the upgrade process.
- Continue using Windows XP and risk exposing the computer and the entire network to being compromised due to the lack of future security patches.
- Convert from Microsoft to Mac or Linux operating systems, which has long-term benefits, but is every bit as inconvenient as upgrading to Windows 7 or 8.
Mostly Computers can assist both corporate and residential users with these options, either doing everything possible to mitigate the pains of upgrading to new systems or securing older XP systems properly to minimize the risk of falling victim to unpatched security vulnerabilities. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation assessment of your unique technology situation and your options for the future.