Wondering if you should replace computers running Windows XP? In a word – YES, and the sooner the better.
We're confident in taking this emphatic stance because the stakes are high and the deadline is coming at you faster than the CRA when you owe taxes.
Beginning April 8, 2014, Windows XP will officially become a technological orphan when Microsoft no longer issues upgrades, security patches or other fixes for its decade-plus-old operating system. So, unless you fall into the slim exception of operating a large enterprise with a pricey Premier support contract and you're willing to hand over $200 per machine in order to continue the life-support for another year, it's time to upgrade.
From a practical standpoint, yes, you could just ignore the announcement and continue to run XP "on your own," but you'd be like the famous circus performers the Flying Wallendas – performing risky feats without a safety net.
There are a lot of reasons, but here are three big ones for replacing those XP machines NOW:
1. Money, Money, Money
Generally speaking, it's estimated that the average annual cost to run an XP machine is $870, compared to $168 for one running Windows 7. And it's reported by the International Data Corp (IDC) – world-renowned provider of technology market intelligence – that continuing to run Windows XP adds $324 in loss-of-productivity costs per user, as well as increasing IT support costs by $766 when using 5-year old hardware.
2. Being Un-Invited to the Party
When choosing to continue to run an older environment, you're setting your users up to be left behind not only in regard to the efficient, productivity-enhancing features offered by the newer OS, but also with consideration to their essential applications.
As software developers embrace upgraded OS code and integrate exciting new features in their wares, older versions will become more and more out-of-the loop and unable to maintain the ability to fully interface, exchange data, access current online information, run plug-ins and more. Like an outcast kid being un-invited to the party, your XP machines will gradually leave you lonely and disconnected.
You might think that hackers and attackers wouldn't bother with older systems – choosing instead to focus on the latest and greatest OS and devices – but you'd be mistaken. When Microsoft quits providing security patches, those still running XP will be ripe for the picking for those unscrupulous individuals and entities just chomping at the bit to take advantage of the situation.
We hope this brief overview has you giving some serious consideration to upgrading now and we'd love to help you work through any questions, concerns or reservations to find the best path forward to keep your business efficient, current and safe in the ever-changing world of technology.
The longer you delay, the greater the risks of flying without a safety net...so don't wait, contact us today. Click the link below for a straightforward way you can do an audit of your computers and replace your XP machines.