Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP

 Microsoft ends support for Windows XP on 8th April 2014.
 Here's the WHY, WHAT & HOW of migration

"Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.

It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.
Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks.


Enterprise Customers: Microsoft offers large organizations in-depth technical resources, tools, and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of Windows, Office and Internet Explorer products and technologies. To learn more about migration and deployment programs, please contact your Microsoft sales representative or Certified Microsoft Partner. Learn how to pilot and deploy a modern desktop yourself, download the free Microsoft Deployment Toolkit and begin your deployment today.
Small to Medium Business: There are many options for small and medium businesses considering moving to a modern PC with the latest productivity and collaboration tools. Small to mid-size organizations should locate a Microsoft Certified Partner to understand the best options to meet their business needs. If your current PC meets the system requirements for Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can buy Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 Pro from a local retailer or Microsoft Certified Partner. If your PC does not meet system requirements, consider purchasing a new business PC with Windows 8 Pro."

Additional Information:

It's time to loosen your cold, dead grip on Windows XP : http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/its-time-loosen-your-cold-dead-grip-windows-xp-213543#

How (Not) to Install Windows XP in 2012 : http://www.lockergnome.com/windows/2012/03/02/how-not-to-install-windows-xp-in-2012/

Windows 8 overtakes Windows XP adoption on Steam, while OS X drops and Linux passes the 2% mark

Aged Windows XP costs 5x more to manage than Windows 7 : http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9227490/Aged_Windows_XP_costs_5x_more_to_manage_than_Windows_7?taxonomyId=125&pageNumber=1

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