WinXP…beyond the sunset

The end has come and gone. Despite the warnings, despite the lack of support and despite the realization that an operating system is now stagnate, thousands of businesses still have not made the leap from Windows XP. We’ve heard a great deal of reasons including  the cost to upgrade is too great; older applications don’t have an update that will work in the new paradigm; we’re planning on it in the nebulous future, and; our current configuration works just fine (If it ain’t broke, why fix it!).

Regardless of the excuses, every IT department is eventually going to have to make the move, so organizations are going to have to commit budget to upgrade or replace systems. The following are the top 5 reasons you need to make the move sooner than later…

#1. Be prepared to lose your security compliance and deal with the pain and suffering sure to follow.

#2. Migrating now will ensure continued access to the vital and vast third-party ecosystem of Windows partners and support organizations.

#3. Pervasive mobility — BYOD, consumerization of IT, always-on computing — is nearly unachievable without the move to Windows 7 or, especially, Windows 8.

#4. If your organization is migrating key applications and services to the cloud, staying on XP much longer will be a huge impediment.

#5. Moving to Windows 7 or 8 now is a far better economic proposition than putting off the inevitable until early 2014.

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These aren’t scare tactics or a hard sell to push product, just some friendly advice!

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