November 30, 2013

Windows XP – calling it a day

Fed up with scaremongering trying to get you to buy stuff?  So are we.  But we really do want to make you aware of this one.
Windows XP – the most popular operating system ever created – is on its way out next year.   So popular was it, that it doomed its successor, Vista.  XP reigned supreme for more than ten years, but everything has its sell-by date.

As you may or may not know, Microsoft will “stop supporting” Windows XP and Office 2003 next year – April 2014 to be exact.

What does this mean?  Well, after the deadline, updates will no longer be created for XP and Office 2003, which means critical security upgrades will stop being rolled out.

This of course leaves your data in a very dangerous place where it is a lot easier to hack. Bugs may arise , for which there will be no patches.  Basically: nasties!! If your users are running on hardware (PCs) that came with XP pre-installed (do check this out) and you aren’t developing Windows migration strategies, you should be.

How 404 can help you

Yes, here it comes – the pitch. There is an option that’s far simpler and a lot kinder to your bank balance. 404 provide hosted desktops thanks to cutting edge cloud technology. As part of our flexiDesk service you’ll receive a Windows desktop with everything provided under one package including licenses,literally paying for only what you need, as you need it, with no upfront CapEx. And you can use pretty much any device,even your current old PCs.

There are lots of other benefits to moving to the cloud (like “anywhere working”) but in the meantime, make sure you’re prepared for the great XP shutdown and explore the options now.

Jo Radcliffe

Jo Radcliffe

Co-Founder of 404 team Ltd who is passionate about bringing colour, clarity and budget-ability to businesses' experience of IT.

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