For small business owners and other IT decision makers, the window for planning a migration to another operating system ahead of the April 8, 2014 deadline has come to an end. Windows XP machines won’t stop working just because Microsoft has ceased support, of course. But Microsoft will no longer field support calls for systems running Windows XP. Microsoft will also cease providing security updates.
Start by making an appointment with your local CMIT Solutions trusted advisor and we will help you assess the hardware and software installed on your computers.
In an ideal world, your systems would already be off of XP — or you would be well on your way to migration. However, some of us have inherited this problem and must find a solution that not only addresses it but also does so in a cost-effective manner. Ideally, you will even have the opportunity to make technical improvements in your infrastructure, enhance security and manageability of your systems, and provide your staff with a more efficient computing environment.
Evaluate your current situation
Getting an IT expert like your nearest CMIT Solutions trusted advisor involved is very important at this stage. They can help you move to newer versions of software that are compatible with Windows 7 or beyond.
The next steps is evaluating your current workstations. Do they have the resources to run a newer version of Windows? If so, you can exercise your volume licensing upgrade options, or purchase the proper licensing to upgrade your environment. A more likely scenario would be that you have old workstations that are overdue for replacement anyway, in which case upgrading would not be practical.
There are many options for small businesses considering a move to a modern PC with the latest productivity and collaboration tools. Contact us for a consultation and we will help you understand all the options and outline a plan to help you meet all your business needs.