September 30 2011

As 2012 comes closer so does the deadline of Microsoft discontinuing support for one of it’s most popular products ever.  The product is Windows XP and the deadline is 2014.  At that time Microsoft will stop issuing support to partners or subscribers.  This may also mean no more security updates and it will certainly mean no more Microsoft support available to Small Business Specialists like pcit for this Operating System.

Part of using any sort of software is the inevitable need to upgrade. Most, if not all software needs to either be replaced and upgraded as the demands of the market change and new technology becomes available.

While Windows XP continues to be a proven straightforward operating system, Microsoft has decided to stop support. Microsoft further recommends upgrading to its latest Operating System (OS), Windows 7, in order for users to continue to receive OS support.

While there are some lines of business applications that have not been upgraded to work with Windows 7, most have — and there are alternative approaches. To maintain the security and protection that only a current, up-to-date operating system can provide it is best to plan for proactive upgrades over the next two years to prevent being in a situation where a large capital expense is required in 2014.

Written by Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer

Darren Boyer is the founder and president of pcit.

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