Windows XP is dead, long live Windows 7/8.

Philip Magson

Written by Philip Magson

Microsoft first realised their operating system XP on the August 24 2001, the same year Apple announced iTunes and when Wikipedia first went online. Thirteen years ago. Not many products with such a massive daily influence have lasted so long and still 38% of computers in the work place still run this software.

Three years later Office 2003 was released for Windows XP and this combination has stood many a business in good stead.

The one thing that is guaranteed in this technology-driven world is nothing lasts for ever and thirteen years is an absolute age. So after extending the date Microsoft have now set 8th April 2014 as the date both will finally ‘byte the dust’.

So what is going to happen? Well, you need not be immediately alarmed. What won’t happen is a sudden inability to use the operating system or your favourite Word or Excel programmes.  What will happen is that Microsoft will not provide any more updates to either package, leaving them vulnerable to security holes. This will encourage the hackers to apply their devious imagination and there will be nothing to stop them. The door is going to be wide open. It is worth bearing in mind that a major security patch for Windows XP was release as late as the 10th of January this year.

So for those that value their businesses and the data within their organisations then you should seriously consider the following. Upgrade to Windows7/8 and Office 2013 or Office 365. Chances that the hardware is as old as the software so be prepared to change that too. There is no direct upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7/8. There are third party migrations packages out there but why spend the money and time on these packages when the hardware is old. It’s time for a complete change.

Other benefits you will get are:

  • Powerful new features included in Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Office 2013 and Office 365.
  • Enable you to do your job faster, easier or better.
  • Prevent hackers conspiring to bring your business down for fun or profit.
  • New levels of security built.
  • Latest Internet Explorer version providing new browser technologies not in IE6.

Windows XP has had its day but it’s time to move over and allow progress to pervade into your organisation.

If you appreciate the need for security and you can benefit from new efficiencies then start planning. At Shackleton Technologies we can provide a comprehensive Windows XP and Office 2003 migration service – please contact us to learn more, or see our XP End of Life service page.

Shackleton participates in Innovation for Growth Week at Abertay University’s Dundee Business School

We were delighted to have been invited to participate in the exciting Innovation for Growth Week held at Abertay University’s Business School which saw myself and Philip Magson post a real-life business scenario challenge to students on Friday 7th March.

Who controls who?

Being in the IT industry I suppose I have been interacting with machines for years. With the advent of mobiles devices and the development of touch screens that interaction is not Sci Fi any more.