Microsoft Windows XP is well respected by many IT managers out there. After a period that was characterised by much customer dissatisfaction, with the release of XP, Microsoft finally achieved the level of reliability, resilience and functionality that was expected for desktop business computing. It is a testament to the quality of XP that it continues to be so widely deployed today.
However, Microsoft is officially ending support on the 8th April 2014. That means no more patches or updates which prevent hackers and malware exploiting vulnerabilities in XP and Office 2003. This alone makes migration to a more modern OS and applications a necessity. Other factors include not being able to run the latest versions of applications, which can significantly reduce productivity.
The barebones of this is that Microsoft’s policy is to provide 10 years total support. This is made up of 5 years Mainstream Support and followed by 5 years Extended Support. Analysis of Microsoft historical deployment data suggests it takes an average of 18 – 32 months to perform a migration.
With less than 9 months remaining until the deadline, it suggests that for some there is a need to accelerate the migration process to at least twice the normal speed. For others this may need to rise to around 3.5 times. Whatever the statistics and averages say, it is clear there is no time to lose.
If your business depends on XP at the desktop then you need to act now. There will be no online or paid support from Microsoft once support has ended. The message from Microsoft is clear: “Small to mid-size organisations should locate a Microsoft Certified Partner to understand the best options to meet their business needs.”
Paralogic is a Microsoft Partner that provides the migration expertise to get you from XP and Office 2003 to Windows 8 and Office 2013. Our end-to-end solutions and full portfolio of services includes everything from IT Strategy Consultancy, Managed Services, Cloud Services and Disaster Recovery through to break-fix Hardware Support and Cabling Services.
Paralogic is a Microsoft partner that smaller, growing and mid-sized business can trust. Click here to download our guide to Office 365 migration.
Click here to go to the Microsoft site to see ‘Support ends in 2014 for Windows XP and Office 2003!’
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