Support For Windows XP Is EndingAlright, I’ve just had a bit of a cold and a stuffed up nose, so I’ll be okay in the long run. On the other hand, Windows XP is at the end of its life.

Microsoft has announced that extended support for Windows XP is ending on April 8, 2014 (mainstream support of XP ended in April 2009). Does this mean that as the calendar turns from April 7th into April 8th of this year, that your Windows XP computer will just suddenly stop working? Yes, yes it does.

Okay, just kidding.

Windows XP will continue to work after April 8th, but no additional security patches will be released. What this basically means is that running Windows XP in your organization on anything other than a desktop with no network connection, floppy drive, USB ports, or CD drive is an outright liability, bordering on irresponsible.

Why the harsh words?

  • Since software protection will be unavailable for the unsupported XP, all security holes will remain open, allowing for threats to crawl in and corrupt the software, ultimately putting your entire network at risk.
  • Another issue XP users will face is that hardware makers will stop making devices such as printers, scanners and professional equipment compatible with Windows XP and focus on newer operating systems.

So what does this all mean? Well, no security patches means that if your business needs to be PCI-DSS, HIPPA, or Sarbanes-Oxley compliant (or many others), you won’t be able to be compliant.

 Call us today at 1-800-948-3242 or contact us onlinewe canhelp you make the transition smoothly from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8, including:

  • Checking the compatibility of your main software with new version of Windows
  • Verifying that your peripherals (monitors, printers, etc.) will work with Windows 7 or 8
  • Migrating your data to the new PCs
  • Hands-on training to help you get comfortable with the new version of Office
  • The know-how to prepare your HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, or other major compliance reports for you on a monthly basis
  • Putting a project plan in place if you are not meeting the relevant requirements

If you are still running XP, there’s no need to be embarrassed. You are not alone. According to Net Applications, a Web analytics firm, about 31% of the world uses Windows XP, while about 47% of the world has upgraded to using Windows 7. Hopefully, by April 8, 2014, the percentage of users who have upgraded will include you!

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