3 End Of Windows XP Upgrade Headaches
Microsoft's looming end-of-support deadline for Windows XP isn't motivating some organizations to upgrade. But they face looming trouble spots.
Companies and individuals, perhaps especially those in the technology industry, often use the phrase "end of life" to describe the culmination of a product's lifecycle. In the case of Windows XP, the phrase is somewhat of a misnomer: While Microsoft will end support for the longstanding operating system next year, it's not as if XP-based machines -- and there are still millions of them in use today -- will suddenly die.
Running an unsupported OS does create valid concerns around security, drivers, performance and so forth. Once Microsoft stops issuing updates, you'll be left to your own devices on those fronts. Nonetheless, some businesses that still use XP today don't have April 8, 2014 -- the date Microsoft will stop supporting XP -- circled on their calendars. Their reasons vary, but as one managed services provider (MSP) put it recently, XP is still widespread because it works. That's not likely to change overnight.
Yet while some companies and IT pros are comfortable with the risks of running an unsupported OS, they face other requirements and challenges -- some of which have only an indirect relationship with XP's end-of-life date -- that may force them to upgrade. Let's look at three of those scenarios.... Read full story on InformationWeek
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