Do you love Windows XP? If you said Yes, you’re not alone. One article indicates 34% of the computers on the Internet are running it. After 14 years, Microsoft will officially retire WindowsXP as of April 8
, bringing an end to patches.
A computer with WindowsXP will still continue to work on April 9
, but there are some significant security considerations for anyone who continues to access the Internet (email, downloads, accessing websites, etc.) after the last of the Microsoft patches have been issued.
One of the key components of Microsoft patches is that they address security holes. With patches coming to an end, hackers and viruses will be able to take advantage of these security holes, putting your machine and information at risk. Anti-virus software is important, but does not address security holes in the Operating System.
Some Mac users have a dual-boot arrangement with WindowsXP on a separate partition. If the internet is accessed, the machine is as much at risk as any other WindowsXP machine. The OS on this partition will need to be upgraded.
There are several things to take into consideration before making the decision to upgrade a computer from the WindowsXP Operating System to Windows 7.
Computers are an integral part of running any business or organization, not a luxury. It is important to budget funds for replacement of workstations, laptops, phones, firewalls, switches, even cabling. Servers also need to be replaced with new hardware, or can be hosted in a Private Cloud as offered by Syscon, or even use public cloud options.
If you have workstations (or Mac’s) running WindowsXP, please contact the office to arrange a time for a Network Technician to discuss options and recommendations appropriate to your business.
Other Significant Dates
Windows VISTA life cycle ends April 11, 2017
Microsoft Office support and updates