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Does Your Organization Use Windows XP? Microsoft To End Support

Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue support of Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8, 2014. The ubiquitous operating system was cutting-edge technology when it was released a decade ago. Stella Chernyak in a post on Microsoft's Windows For Your Business Blog says:

"The technology environment has shifted. Technology continues to evolve and so do people’s needs and expectations. Modern users demand technologies that fit their personal workstyle and allow them to stay productive anywhere anytime, while businesses have an ever increasing need to protect data and ensure security, compliance and manageability. It is in a company’s – and its employees’ – best interest to take advantage of the modern Windows and Office software that is designed with these needs in mind."

Although Windows 8 is set to be released this fall, Microsoft is encouraging Windows XP users to upgrade to Windows 7 now. Microsoft's reasoning is that by upgrading now, users will have a foundation upon which they can build for future Windows releases. Microsoft also reasons that users can benefit from features currently available in Windows 7.

Microsoft is encouraging users and organization to not procrastinate. Here are some resources from Microsoft to help you and your organization migrate to a newer version of Windows and Microsoft Office:

  • The Springboard Series on TechNet include a lot of great in-depth advice to help you with your deployments.
  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) can be used to help accelerate your deployments.
  • Look at the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) products that we offer, which include Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) to simplify BitLocker Drive Encryption provisioning and provides compliance reporting that can help you quickly determine the status of the entire organization.
  • Also consider Windows Intune, which offers PC management and security via the cloud, plus upgrade rights to the latest version of Windows – a great solution for companies that have groups of lightly managed or non-managed PCs.
  • You can also make the move to Office 365 and get familiar Microsoft Office collaboration and productivity tools delivered through the cloud. Everyone can work together easily with anywhere access to email, web conferencing, documents and calendars.

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