Some fashion of Microsoft’s Windows series of operating systems are at the helm of roughly 90% of the world’s PCs. Because of this, it’s common knowledge that Microsoft will be ending support for the twelve-year-old Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. This “death date” has been publicized for years, but some businesses and end-users still rely on the OS.
Urgency to Upgrade
I know, change is hard! But the end of Windows XP Support is a crucial date if you still rely on the software to run your business. XP was a great operating system but it is simply not equipped for new security threats and the astronomical advances in programming. The statistics for XP already aren’t pretty. In fact, Windows XP is 21 times more apt to be infiltrated with malware than a similar PC running Windows 8. This malware can compromise the performance of your machine, or in some cases, relay personal and company information that can then be used by the perpetrator for nefarious purposes.
A study by Gartner found that 90 percent of large companies have already moved on from XP to a more secure OS such as Windows 7 or Windows 8. Small Businesses are following suit, but not as rapidly. If you are a business with Internet-connected computers that still run XP, consider how important the data is that is stored on those computers. Without it, you’d likely have a hard time keeping efficient operations a priority.
After April 8, 2014, the substantial risk you are currently taking on by not having a supported OS will likely multiply. To ensure this doesn’t happen, give Iron Edge a call at 832-910-9222 and take the first step in upgrading your PCs. Iron Edge’s trusted I.T. professionals can help you affordably maneuver the often costly process of upgrading your technology. They can save you money and build a more efficient workplace for your organization.
Dire Scenarios for Your Business
Another variable to consider, is that every transaction you do using the antiquated security capabilities of Windows XP, the more you are putting your customers and the people that depend on your organization at risk. This opens your business up for all kinds of negative feedback that could seriously jeopardize the sustainability of a small business.
As of November 2013, over 30 percent of PCs in operation still run XP, so there are still plenty of people that need to upgrade before they are stranded to battle the dissidents on the Internet without Microsoft providing security updates and patches.
The Iron Edge Difference
These days, technology is at the center of most operations. By properly utilizing cutting-edge technology, your organization can achieve a boost in efficiency and experience a whole new level of productivity. Iron Edge provides comprehensive managed services to small and mid-sized businesses in the Texas area, and can help you prioritize and manage your I.T. and fashion it to enhance business operations. For more information about how to successfully upgrade from Windows XP, or for any other technology-related question, call us today at 832-910-9222.