Not Dead…Yet: Accepting the end of Windows XP

Not Dead…Yet: Accepting the end of Windows XP 

Windows XP has been a dominant operating system in the enterprise for over a decade. Finally, though, it’s time to say goodbye.

In April 2014, Microsoft is ending its extended support for Windows XP, which means enterprises that haven’t migrated to a new platform by then will be immediately exposed to a plethora of zero-day exploits. While most businesses are taking steps toward more modern operating systems, such as Windows 7 and 8, they need to be making far greater strides.

Not Ready to Let Go?

Our recent audit of nearly half a million corporate PC devices, featured in our recent Shadow IT in the Enterprise study, found that 58 percent of those devices are still running Windows XP. This is just a 10 percent improvement from a year ago.

The slowest to react are mostly large enterprises with tens of thousands of PC devices in their IT environment and some small businesses whose owners are likely unaware of the risk involved. The next time you’re in your doctor’s office, or some type of small business, take a look at their computers. More likely than not, you’ll see that classic Windows XP Start button in the bottom left corner.

While the XP end of life is more than four months away, this slow year-over-year transition is nevertheless alarming. Microsoft estimates that a full OS transition can take anywhere from 18 to 32 months, which means plenty of organizations will not succeed in migrating all of their necessary devices at their current pace. [Read more…]

What Microsoft Exchange 2003, NSYNC and the Atkins Diet Have in Common

What Microsoft Exchange 2003, NSYNC and the Atkins Diet Have in Common

The April 8, 2014 end-of-extended-support date is approaching for Exchange 2003. How is your organization preparing?

As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. And while there may be debate over what “good” actually means, Exchange 2003 is going the way of your favorite boy band or fad diet.

What Exchange 2003 going EOL really means
This is not a case of migrating/upgrading simply for the sake of having the “newest thing”. End of extended support means that Microsoft will no longer provide updates, patches, and customer support.

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