Why was the Windows XP lifespan so long?
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. Read Now
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 Many IT professionals have considered Windows XP a reliable and predictable, if outdated, staple of their networks (and, indeed, even their careers as far as troubleshooting is concerned).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.
Where will you go after the end of Windows XP support?
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. Read Now
Windows XP antimalware support buys IT time
Windows XP support has officially ended in most capacities, but Microsoft will extend antimalware support for XP until July 2015. IT shops still using the OS should use the time extension wisely. Read Now
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.