Preparing For a Brave New World Without Windows XP Support

WindowsWith Microsoft support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, Drew Turney learns what the end of an era means for users.

April 8, 2014, will be the beginning of the end for one of the most successful and longest-running PC operating systems in history as Microsoft officially stops supporting Windows XP, first released to hardware vendors on August 24, 2001.

That means it’s time to upgrade, and at the risk of causing panic, if you’re in charge of a large enterprise PC fleet and you haven’t done anything about it yet, you might already be running late. According to Microsoft, “based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment”. If you haven’t started planning yet, do it now — it’s better to be behind for a while than broken altogether.

If you’re an SME with only a couple of systems, it might just mean buying new computers and spending a weekend copying your data and making sure old applications still work, or investigating alternatives if they don’t.

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