On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will discontinue support of Windows XP and Office 2003, including automatic updates and Microsoft Security Essentials. Without ongoing support, computers running XP will be more vulnerable to viruses and other security risks. New applications and hardware may not be compatible with XP as manufacturers upgrade their own products and software for compatibility with new versions of Windows.
The discontinuation of XP and release of Windows 8 represents a turning point in Microsoft’s strategy. In response to their evolving line of integrated products, Microsoft has also indicated that they are making their processes more nimble – which translates to shorter lifecycles and more frequent product releases. Instead of the average three years between major releases, the lifecycle may be reduced to one year, making it more difficult for businesses to keep up with ongoing deployment – a process that typically takes 18-24 months for the average enterprise.
This change in strategy comes at a time when the market is evolving away from browser-version-specific applications and a lack of device options in the workplace to user-selected devices and play-anywhere apps. In other words, the business environment is evolving to empower their workers with the apps, hardware and software they need to do their jobs more efficiently from anywhere at any time.
What do these changes mean for your business? We can help you analyze your solutions based on your business needs and navigate the migration process to ensure that your network is secure and future-ready. There are a number of options available, including:
1. Upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1
A viable option if you have newer PCs and do not run browser-specific applications.
2. Upgrade your PCs
Few older computers will be able to run Windows 7 or 8/8.1. If your hardware is outdated, it’s unlikely they will meet the requirements. Upgrade of your PCs may be required.
3. Migrate to private cloud computing or managed services
Eliminate the headaches of current and future upgrades and ongoing maintenance by migrating to managed services. Your applications run securely in your private cloud, accessible from any internet-enabled device. Upgrades, maintenance and 24/7/365 security are all done for you.
From migration services to managed services, the Brookfield Group can help you navigate the range of options to determine the solution that’s right for your business. Call or email our technicians today to get started.