April 8, 2014. No it’s not the predicted end of the world, thought it may seem that way for some. It’s the end of support for Windows XP SP3.
Windows XP has been a great Operating System and feedback I get is that it’s stable and who doesn’t like stable. Of course Windows XP is over 11 years old now and it’s time to seriously consider upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7.
If I had to name the top three reasons to upgrade from Windows XP, they’d be:
- End of Support — support ends on April 8, 2014. No more security updates (among other things).
- New Capabilities — PCs and technology have changed a lot in 11 years, but with XP you may not be taking full advantage of those changes.
- Lower Operational costs — Older technology costs more to maintain, so putting off an upgrade because of cost may actually cost you more.
You can use a free custom online IDC Dynamic White Paper to figure out how much sticking with Windows XP is really costing you.
I encourage you to read the blog post as it goes into more detail and will provide more information to help make a possible upgrade easier.
If you’re already convinced, you should start with the Windows Springboard Series, a site dedicated to helping you with free tools and resources to help you Explore, Plan, Deliver and Deploy Windows 7.
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