Here’s how waving goodbye to Windows XP and embracing Windows 7 or Windows 8 will save you money, boost your business’ performance, and avert risk to your tech systems:
- First, the most important advantage: upgrading from XP can reduce costs, decrease troubleshooting hours, and produce a tangible return on investment. Research co-sponsored by Microsoft and IDC found that the annual IT and end-user labor cost for a PC running Windows XP was $870. The same cost for a PC running Windows 7? $168. That represents a savings of 80%.
- The same study found that a $1,000 investment in Windows 7 produced a net return on investment (ROI) of $700 in 24 months and $1,400 in 36 months. Meanwhile, NOT upgrading from Windows XP represented only a one-time $300 benefit with no future return. As Microsoft said, “Organizations that continue to retain a Windows XP environment… are wasting budget dollars that would be better used in modernizing their IT investments.”
- How modern, you ask? Newer versions of Windows come baked in with enhanced Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, and touchscreen capabilities, along with increased driver stability, 64-bit utilization, and software standardization, all of which didn’t even exist when XP was first released.
- Windows XP is now three full generations behind Microsoft’s current product cycle. The legacy OS has been susceptible to security lapses and compliance issues for years — infection rates for Windows XP are nearly twice as high as those for Windows 7, and almost five times as high as those for Windows 8. And that’s WITH extended support from Microsoft still in effect. Imagine how bad things will get AFTER that support ends.
If you choose to stay with Windows XP the operating system won’t immediately self-destruct. But do you really want to put your business at risk while leaving long-term savings on the table and turning your back on proven product enhancements?
CMIT Solutions can help you turn the death of Windows XP into a positive for your business. Want to prevent vulnerabilities, improve system performance, and save time and money? Contact us today to chart a sound post-XP plan of action.
Why Can’t I Upgrade or Migrate Myself?
Migrations are not an easy affair, which is why smaller organizations call upon companies like CMIT to lend a hand in the process. From hardware testing to application compatibility to timelines and budgets, the move from XP is anything but a walk in the park.
Ideally, a post-XP world calls for a complete flushing of legacy technology to keep business running smoothly. But realistically, this isn’t always an option. Luckily, there are a multitude of directions you can go in order to provide that stopgap until XP can be fully cleaned out of your organization.
If your company hasn’t already started preparing for a migration from Microsoft’s Windows XP, now is the time to start.