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Microsoft Windows XP is officially retiring

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Many people are dreading—and thus planning for —the end of an era that most were particularly fond of: the Windows XP’s product lifecycle. On April 8, 2014, Windows XP support stops, including the lack of security patches arriving in your updates menu. The operating system will continue to work in computing environments, but using it will expose organizations to greater security risks. Planning and preparation is a key success factor for the transition.

Upgrade or buy new PCs. One big question that you will face is whether you should upgrade existing laptops and desktops or acquire new machines. Performing an upgrade allows businesses to access the capabilities of Windows 8 with a smaller budget. On the other hand, new machines will come with newer technology that is made to work with Windows 8 at its fullest capacity.

Determine application compatibility. Compatibility tests are crucial to ensure that legacy applications will continue to work after an operating system upgrade. While it is not usually an issue, you could potentially suffer technology lags and/or losses after the transition.

Planning the big move. Project and migration planning is the most important part of the entire process. Your business should have a proper, detailed plan with realistic timeframes for migrating to Windows 8 from Windows XP. Without a plan in place, a company may find their computer networks susceptible to security risks and a loss of productivity.

At ZyEdge, we can provide you with the additional consultation and resources needed to make your migration as seamless as possible. To get started, call us today at (703) 860-1111.

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