Support for Windows XP, a widely popular Microsoft operating system introduced 12 years ago, ends on April 8 — and we’re happy about it. Change is good.
This means any PC users still using XP will no longer receive security updates or technical support from Microsoft. Computers will still function, but without crucial security updates, PCs and networks will be more susceptible to hackers and malware when Windows XP support ends.
It’s not just personal PCs or small business networks that are affected by the change. Ninety-five per cent of the 2.2 million ATMs in the world still run on Microsoft XP. Several U.S. and UK banks have negotiated an extended deadline with Microsoft for XP support, given the massive cost and time commitment involved in a system overhaul.
Microsoft is recommending XP users upgrade to a more modern operating system like Windows 8.1, which could require some PC users to buy new machines.
What this means for TWT clients
You’re in luck. The end of Windows XP support won’t affect many of our clients because we’ve been proactive in helping you transition your machines to a new operation system well in advance. We saw this shift coming and we wanted you to be prepared.
You’ve got options
If you aren’t one of our clients (yet) and need to transition away from Windows XP, you’ve got options. We usually recommend getting a new computer which, when combined with an up-to-date operating system, will run ever faster.
This may also be the time for you to switch from a desktop to a laptop, or from a PC to a Mac.
Some users are reluctant to move to Windows 8, but with the release of 8.1, we’re finding that clients are happy with it. It’s very similar to Windows 7.
If the cost of upgrading your computer is prohibitive due to budget constraints, we can work with you to set up great leasing options.
Concerns? Give us a call
If you’ve got any concerns about the end of Windows XP support, please give us a call. We’re happy to assess your current system and make sure it’s working for you.
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