With Microsoft finally taking Windows XP off of life support, some IT shops are left holding the cord. What happens next?
Here is a guide to the end of Windows XP support. Learn why Microsoft dropped the operating system after all this time, what it means for you and how to proceed if you plan to migrate.
1End of Life-
Why did Microsoft stop supporting XP?
Microsoft's end of support for Windows XP is bound to bring up some questions, not the least of which is "Why?" When many IT shops have grown cozy with the now-legacy operating system, it's doubtless that it's a big, and possibly complicated, change. Alas, all good things must end, and it's important to know just why official XP support is one of them.
Portable devices may have cut into XP's piece of the enterprise market, but XP used to be the favorite son because it was familiar, companies didn't want to spend the money to upgrade and it provided a good return on investment. Microsoft wants customers to move on so it can, too. Continue Reading
Microsoft has cited security improvements when trying to nudge reluctant customers to migrate to Windows 7 or 8, but app vendors are undermining its efforts by continuing to provide support for XP software. Continue Reading
2What to Expect-
What does it mean for me/my company?
The question that typically follows "Why?" is "How will this affect me?" Many IT professionals have considered Windows XP a reliable and predictable, if outdated, staple of their networks (and, indeed, even their careers as far as troubleshooting is concerned). Still, a vital component has suddenly been rendered mostly obsolete and extremely insecure with Windows XP end of support. Know what to expect as organizations phase out the older OS.
IT shops migrating between Windows editions should ask some important questions about potential app compatibility problems. Continue Reading
As you prepare to migrate existing desktops to a newer OS, don't forget about antivirus protection and network security. Continue Reading
It might seem like the end of the world for longtime XP fans, but third-party vendors will continue to provide options for software compatibility, security and browser support. Continue Reading
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What to do next
Now that you know just how you'll be affected by Windows XP end of support, it's time to decide your next moves. Desktop as a service (DaaS), virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and updating Windows are all options. However, some administrators may decide that they just like XP too darn much and don't want to move on. Whichever path you choose, we have you covered.
Microsoft delivered the Windows 8.1 update and simultaneously ended XP support. Shops that have yet to upgrade from XP have to decide: upgrade hardware or adopt DaaS or VDI? Continue Reading
IT admins planning to hold out and try for extended XP support should reduce corporate security exposure by evaluating critical software and looking to third parties. Continue Reading
Such tools can help IT pave the way to a newer, supported OS and allow users to access legacy data and programs. Continue Reading