You’ve heard it many times by now: Extended Support for Windows XP Service Pack 3 is ending soon. And now April 2014 is right around the corner. We know that moving your whole organization to a new OS can be a daunting project, the consequences of running old technology can soon outweigh the benefits. Looming security risks, performance lags, and costly management and requirements mean now is the time to move to Windows 8. Read on for three reasons why upgrading now makes sense.
1. Avoid costly maintenance: The launch of Windows 8 has put Windows XP three full generations behind Microsoft’s current technology, and when extended support ends, you’ll no longer receive benefits like security updates, paid hotfix support, and paid per-incident support services. You’ll also face the potential for compliance issues and increased IT maintenance costs, since your staff will have to spend more time supporting the old OS.
2. Boost employee morale: Chances are your staff has more updated equipment at home—and in their pockets—than you offer at the workplace. Providing access to the latest technology and creating a dynamic, mobile, up-to-date IT environment helps create job satisfaction and foster productivity.
3. Expert help is available: Even though a large-scale OS upgrade can seem like a complex project, you don’t have to do it alone. PC Connection can help you assess the readiness of your infrastructure for a Windows 8 migration. Our certified technicians collect data to make deployment, migration, and Microsoft best-practice recommendations across your entire organization.
For more information on Windows 8 and how for an upgrade, check out our solutions story. And when you’re ready to make the move, just give us a call.
Windows XP reaches final end-of-life on April 8, 2014. What this means for your organization is that Microsoft will stop providing Service Packs, security patches, and support after that date. It’s time to break up with XP; click here to start crafting your exit strategy.