Still Holding On To XP?

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 5:42 AM by:

If you are still running Windows XP and Office 2003 in your organization, once these versions reach “end of life” on April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft.  Continuing to run unsupported and unpatched systems in your environment increases your vulnerability to security risks which may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.  In addition, may software and hardware vendors are unlikely to provide product support and compatibility for XP leading to potential system and user downtown should a problem occur.

If your organization has not started the migration to Windows 7 or Windows 8, you are behind the curve. According to Microsoft, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported and secure versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.

Aside from remaining compliant, migrating to Windows 7 or 8 offers more flexibility to empower your employees to be more productive, while increasing operational efficiency through improved PC security and management. It also enables your organization to take advantage of latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud.

If you need assistance planning your deployment or upgrading your environment, contact us today at www.intellinet.com/contact or 877.362.4530.





 
Topics: Endpoint Management, Systems Management