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Organizations need to prepare for Windows XP end-of-life

On April 8th 2014 Microsoft will stop supporting XP, giving organizations a firm migration deadline.

After that date Microsoft customers and partners will no longer receive security updates to the operating system or be able to obtain tech support from Microsoft.

Microsoft advises that migration work should commence quickly due to potential complexities. The organization issued the following warning:

Don’t put your business at risk

While end of support for Windows XP is still one year away, the migration process can take some time and may be costlier the longer you stay on Windows XP, ultimately putting your business at risk. The security landscape is ever-changing and new threats are coming to fruition every day, so it is critical that businesses ensure they protect their data and IP against the latest threats by deploying a modern Windows platform.

Many companies of all sizes have either already made the switch off of Windows XP, or are in the process of migrating over to Windows 7 and Windows 8, enabling them to realize greater possibilities for their business using technology that simply wasn’t possible in 2001. Those that haven’t yet started their migration process need to begin as soon as possible to ensure that they meet the April 8, 2014 deadline.

Microsoft has made some tool and advice available including:

•Date: 17th April 2013 • World •Type: Article • Topic: ICT continuity

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