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How can custom support and VDI extend the life of Windows XP?
Now that the dust is settling from all the hoopla over Windows XP end of support, you can make better decisions about how to best move forward. A recent study found that 25% of computers are still running Windows XP, so you're not alone!
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By "custom support," I assume you're referring to the many third-party services and software products intended to help keep Windows XP secure. If so, there are plenty of vendors in that space.Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) can certainly help as well. Desktop virtualization has proven to be a great means for standardizing and properly locking down workstations.
When something questionable occurs (with malware, for instance) on a workstation, an IT administrator can simply reboot and get a fresh image of the operating system. I think this approach could prove to be beneficial in an XP environment.
Many people -- especially business managers or average users -- are resistant to change, especially when it comes to the functionality and usability of their endpoint devices. You still need to look at the bigger picture and make decisions based on what's best for the organization. You may be able to keep Windows XP locked down and on life support for several more years, but is that what you really need to do? What are the missed opportunity costs?
I believe that the Windows XP end of support is not the greatest risk in your desktop environment. Don't follow the herd. Rather, do what's best for your business given your own unique situation and risk factors. This is why it's so important to get others involved in making these types of IT and security decisions.
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