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Behind The Times With Windows XP

“And now, the end is here, and so I face the final curtain…” – Windows XP

After 13 years faithful services, the operating system built to be hosted on machines produced at the turn of the Millennium, is finally being cut loose, let go, and cast adrift with no more support. Microsoft will not support that operating system as of 8th April 2014.

One of the main reasons is its lack of compatibility with the latest technology and connectivity. We live in a world where touchscreen capability, and inter device usage is rife, and sadly XP just wasn’t built for this. Windows XP has been followed by 3 further operating system after all.

While it is estimated that up to 40% of PCs globally still use XP, businesses are the one most at risk. Microsoft cannot and won’t support XP any longer, it is harder to fend off more sophisticated hacker and virus attacks forged on modern systems and utilities, while at the same time the XP operating system cannot utilise the hardware fully that it is installed on. Add to this the fact that software and hardware has moved on leaps and bounds in those 13 years since its release, it is being found out due to its lack of compatibility.

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This lack of compatibility doesn’t end there, it also doesn’t natively support High Resolution Monitors, touchscreen functionality, faster USB ports, and integrated Bluetooth and Wifi. What this means is additional cost to the user in bringing it up to speed, and potentially a big loss in productivity.

Another knock on effect is that all the software and hardware manufacturers will now not be supporting newer versions of their offerings on XP. So that means peripherals and the latest software that you may be very dependent upon. The next editions of Mozilla Firefox and Internet Explorer just won’t work on XP. If the time to upgrade isn’t now, and you run your business on XP, it’s time to at least put a plan in place.

Thankfully help is at hand, the PC Surgeon will assist you to make the transition away from the old XP system as cost effective and with as little or no loss of productivity as possible. That’s what we do, and that’s what we do very well. For more information and advise feel free to call one of our Surgeons directly on 0207 998 0104.

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