Important information for Windows XP users
If your PCs are still running Windows XP, you’re not unusual.
According to netmarketshare.com, 37% of the world’s PCs still run XP.
In 2012, Microsoft announced that it would be withdrawing support for XP from April 2014. This means many businesses will have no choice but to migrate, otherwise they will encounter security and compliance issues severe enough to undermine growth and jeopardise future productivity.
The case for migrating away from XP
Improved capabilities – Analyst firm IDC points out that today’s PCs include features such as integrated WiFi and Bluetooth, faster USB ports, high resolution monitors and touchscreen capabilities. Many of these capabilities are either poorly supported or not supported at all by Windows XP Professional.
Cost – IDC offers some compelling calculations too. It has worked out that organisations spent an average of £458 per PC to replace each Windows XP PC (including hardware and software), but have saved £1,085 per PC in reduced IT support costs and lost productivity over a three-year period.
Unfortunately migration away from XP won’t be optional…
The real decision will be where to migrate to. Here are some options to consider:
- Windows 8, the latest incarnation of Microsoft’s operating system that is designed to work just as well on desktop PCs, tablets and smartphones. It’s worth noting however that according to netmarketshare.com, Windows 8 had only managed to win a 5.4% share of the operating system market by July 2013. This compares with a 44.9% share for Windows 7.
- If Windows 8 is too new and consumer-focused for your business, Windows 7 Professional is targeted firmly at the small and medium sized business market.
- Pick an Apple. Apple’s iOS operating system is a stable and secure alternative for the business market and is worth considering if you are ready to replace your hardware too.
- Look to the cloud. Many businesses may be able to bypass the traditional PC and operating system setup altogether and base their business activities in the cloud, accessing often low cost and even free web services from mobile devices. It is possible to sign up for web-hosted Windows desktops as a service.
Think technology, Think Tracey Caldwell. As an experienced business technology journalist who writes for radio, newspapers, as well as various IT journals and publications, Tracey continues to provide insightful articles for Moneypenny.