Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What happens after XP?

Support for Windows XP is no longer available. This means users will no longer receive security updates, fixes or online technical support from Microsoft for PCs still running Windows XP. The security and privacy implications of this event could have significant impacts on your business, if you are running XP you should plan to take action soon.

There are potential business implications

Security Risks
Without critical security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, malware and other malicious activity which can steal or damage your business data and information.

Downtime
The risks of system failure and business disruption could increase because of the end of support, lack of supported software, and the increasing age of hardware running Windows XP.

No one to Call
When problems arise, online and phone-based technical support will unfortunately no longer be available to you or your IT partner, leaving you on your own to deal with the problem.

Reduced Compatibility
Many software and hardware vendors will no longer support products that are running on Windows XP as they are unable to get the Windows XP updates created to fix issues.

SolutionsPT are helping to reduce business risks as a result of this development.

As specialists in industrial IT they recognise that it is not always practical to migrate systems to a different operating system: sometimes the application is simply not supported, skills are not available or maybe the cost of re-testing is prohibitive.

They aim is to provide the necessary support to match the specific needs of each customer, either by extending the life of the Windows XP install base or working together to implement an effective migration plan to a supported operating platform.

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