When Microsoft launched Windows XP, it was first released to computer manufacturers on August 24, 2001, no one was sure what to expect. Now over a decade since its launch, Windows XP is widely considered one of the best operating system versions to ever hit store shelves. Companies are still running the operating system, even though two successors have launched. But the time has come for every company to finally cut the cord and ditch Windows XP. Yes, it’s a fine operating system that supports all your accessories and applications, but it’s really past its prime. And with an outdated design that many employees find tedious at this point as sleeker, easier to use competitors hit the market, it’s about time you ditch XP in favor of another operating system, such as Windows 7 or even Mac OS X.
Here are a few reasons why to ditch XP and get a new operating system:
There’s no doubt that you’ve kept all your Windows XP installations up-to-date and working as well as possible, but no matter what you do, Windows XP is outdated. From its design to its sluggish performance, even on new computers, it’s time for XP to be put aside for something new.
Think About Security
Now that Windows XP is running Service Pack 3, it’s far more secure than it was. However, it’s still not as secure as Windows 7 or even Mac OS X Lion. If security is one of your top priorities — and it should be — think seriously about ditching XP for something new. Also Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 14, 2009. Now only Extended Support is available until August 04, 2014, this means you will have to pay for support. This also means no major new patches will be coming out for this operating system, so any major security issues will not be resolved.
Windows XP Mode in Windows 7
Many companies say that they want to keep XP because it works with all the applications and accessories they use. However, with the launch of Windows 7, that’s not a good reason anymore.
Employees Are Used to Newer Operating Systems
Now that Windows 7 has been out for a couple of years, chances are, your employees are well-versed in how to use it. That’s a good thing because of their knowledge. If they are not familiar with it, Interface Technologies can train your staff on how to use its many features.
Maybe Mac OS X Is a Better Option
If you don’t need Microsoft’s OS to conduct business, think seriously about dropping XP for Mac OS X Lion. Apple’s system is more secure than XP, well-designed, and thanks to its App Store, supports many of the applications you need. At least keep it in mind.
PCs Are Affordable
Too often; companies have limited budgets, and can’t invest in everything they want. But with the PC market slumping, it’s a good time to make deals. Ditching XP now might just be less costly than you think. With our procurement we can get the right PC for you at the right price with our vendors.
The Competition Is Moving Away
You need to think about the competitive landscape and what your company’s chief counterparts will do next. They’re likely thinking about deploying a new OS in their operation because of all the benefits new software offers over XP. The last thing you want to do is give them an advantage. And sticking with XP is doing just that.
So whether you want to just upgrade your operating system from XP to something else, give us a call and we can guide you and your business.