As of April 8th of this year, Microsoft will no longer support XP or Office 2003. If your business is still running on either, you are already behind.
Getting Back on Track
If you haven’t started migrating your old XP platform yet, then it’s time to start, and start fast. According to Microsoft, “based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment” (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx). This means that businesses currently running on XP or Office 2003 are going to be operating unsupported come April.
Running unsupported might not concern some, but the biggest risk for a business running on XP or Office 2003 comes down to security. “The main concern with running unsupported, or the main reason to upgrade, is that come April 8th Microsoft will no longer be creating new security patches,” said Josh Linton, VP of Technology at VLCM. “Worst case scenario is that on April 8th, support ceases, and on April 9th, if a new vulnerability is discovered with a new bug, Microsoft won’t fix it.”
Though it may not happen on April 9th, it very well may happen, and if your business is still running XP, then your security will be drastically compromised. With this in mind, getting your system migrated to a current Windows platform is imperative.
VLCM and Microsoft
VLCM has been a Microsoft Gold Partner for many years and has extensive experience in deploying migrations and initial implementations of Windows platforms and other Microsoft software.
If your business is in need of a migration or upgrade, look no further than VLCM.
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