By now, everyone has heard that Microsoft will end support for Windows XP in April 2014, but that fact isn't making every enterprise IT administrator shake in his boots.
Plenty of IT departments haven't begun migrating from Windows XP or made the jump to Windows 8. If you're in one of those shops, you might consider that the cost of not migrating off XP will soon be prohibitive. Making the jump to Windows 7 or Windows 8 is in the best interests of most organizations, but migrations aren't the most fun part of an admin's job.
To that end, Microsoft and other vendors have come out with some tools that can ease your upgrade woes. Once you move past migration denial and see that it might not be as bad as you think, check out our resources on making a Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade. Despite the many myths around Windows 8's usability and place in the enterprise, it will be a good fit for some companies.
Tools to ease migration
1. Migrating off XP to Windows 7 or 8
Changing to a new operating system doesn't make one company more competitive than another, and Windows XP works just fine for most businesses that still use it. However, customers that don't upgrade to a newer OS by 2014 won't receive security updates or tech support from Microsoft. A Microsoft Windows upgrade can be time-consuming and expensive, but the cost of maintaining an XP PC after support for the OS ends will be prohibitive. It's a good idea to start a migration now if you haven't already. Here are some tools that can make your Microsoft Windows upgrade go a little easier.
Life after XP, 7
2. What to expect from Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade
Before you start your Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade, make sure the OS will be a good fit. You can go back to Windows 7 if you hate Windows 8, but it's a big job, and no one wants to migrate twice. Consider what users will think about the OS, how it will fit in your company, what tools you'll need to make the jump and what admin tools will be available to you once your Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade is installed.