stop-sign-300x225Windows XP, introduced on October 25th, 2001 has been one of the longest running and useful tools for businesses around the world. The 13-year-old Microsoft operating system that is estimated to run on roughly 400 million machines, has been the stable workhorse that runs office equipment, manufacturing machines, ATM machines, and many modern applications.

On April 8th, 2014 Microsoft ended all support for the operating system, leaving many scratching their heads and wondering just what that means for the millions still using the platform.  For those that choose to continue to run the operating system, the decision can hold major consequences. Here we highlight 5 reasons you should stop using Windows XP today and migrate to a new solution.

  1. No More Security Updates – End of support most importantly means that Microsoft has discontinued sending and providing security updates for the software. This means that the operating system is completely open to security threats of all kinds, leaving networks open to imminent attack.
  2.  Hackers – Hackers and attackers have already begun probing networks to take advantage of the lack of security updates.  This means that XP computers are prone to attack and are at a high risk for a security breach.
  3. Viruses – Without proper and supported security updates, an XP machine is open to infection and can easily spread viruses throughout a network. A single machine with a virus can wreak havoc on a network and can create a chain of infection potentially causing lost time, productivity, data loss, and loss of revenues.
  4. Productivity – Though XP has been a solid platform; the reality is most new software, Internet browsers, web-enabled solutions, multimedia, and hardware no longer support the aged operating system. Faster interfaces and multicore processors are utilized with newer operating systems, speeding up workers and creating better efficiency and productivity, which equates to higher revenues.
  5.  Stability – XP has been touted as one of the most stable operating systems ever; this however will change very quickly with the lack of support and security updates. Part of the reason for XP’s continued stability has been the support it has received from Microsoft. Without that proper support, XP will not be able to retain its clout as an acceptable and stable platform.

The good news for businesses still running Windows XP is that IT companies like ours are prepared and willing to help you migrate your current environment to a new platform. Windows 7, Windows 8, and even Mac OS X are great alternatives for businesses that need to migrate; these modern operating systems provide the security updates required to maintain a secure and stable business environment.

It’s not worth waiting for a potential security breach. Migrating your XP computers can be a fairly easy process with the right planning, preparation, and the right team. By migrating your XP systems you can rest assured that you will be protected from the potential imminent dangers. Download for your business our free ebook “5 Steps to Planning an XP Migration” and then give us a call.