Surveying options after the Windows XP end of support

Last updated:July 2014

Editor's note

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.

1What 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 Many IT professionals have considered Windows XP a reliable and predictable, if outdated, staple of their networks (and, indeed, even their careers as far as troubleshooting is concerned).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.

2What 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.