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Surveying options after the Windows XP end of support


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.


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. Continue Reading


Users hang on to Windows XP

The economy was one of the biggest factors in the overall hesitation to migrate from Windows XP, as costs of new hardware, software and licenses all presented huge barriers. Continue Reading


Will XP's death resuscitate the PC industry?

The long-anticipated death of XP may create new demand in the PC industry as enterprises buy Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines and hardware makers build new desktops, laptops and tablets to keep up. Continue Reading


Microsoft's internal Project XP targets Windows XP businesses

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 Many IT professionals have considered Windows XP a reliable and predictable, if outdated, staple of their networks (and, indeed, even their careers as far as troubleshooting is concerned).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


When moving from Windows XP, application compatibility is at risk

IT shops migrating between Windows editions should ask some important questions about potential app compatibility problems. Continue Reading


What to include in your last-minute plan for end of Windows XP support

As you prepare to migrate existing desktops to a newer OS, don't forget about antivirus protection and network security. Continue Reading


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. Continue Reading


New Windows XP tools may ease migration pain

Windows XP tools can mitigate problems for IT shops seeking to upgrade outdated enterprise environments to Windows 7 or 8. Continue Reading


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. Continue Reading

3Moving On-

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.


End of Windows XP support brings a fork in the road

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


Assembling a Windows 8 migration toolbox

Upgrading from XP to a newer version of Windows doesn't have to be a PITA. Check out these tools to make the transition a little easier. Continue Reading


Know the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant

When moving from Windows XP, remember that the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant does not work for Windows 8, so watch for additional app compatibility problems. Continue Reading


Windows 7 migrations win out for XP shops

A move from Windows XP to Windows 7 might be the path of least resistance from the older operating system to a stable option while avoiding user reluctance to adopt the touch-centric Windows 8. Continue Reading


Reduce security exposure when extending XP support

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


Windows XP migration tools that ward off upgrade hassles

Such tools can help IT pave the way to a newer, supported OS and allow users to access legacy data and programs. Continue Reading

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