End of XP support
Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ended on April 8th.

No more XP support =
big risks for your business

Protect and modernize your business with new Windows!

Support for Windows XP ended on April 8th 2014... If you’re still running XP to manage your business, that’s a big deal – and not in a good way. Happily, there has never been a better time to modernize your IT with new Windows and the latest Windows PCs, laptops and touch devices, including the stunning new Nokia smartphones. Upgrading will deliver serious benefits to your business.

We realize you’re probably asking yourself a few questions right now, and we want to do our best to answer them.

Why should I care that support for XP is about to end?

  • No more help available from Microsoft, whether free or paid for, to resolve XP-related issues.

  • No more updates or security patches.

  • No more interaction with product development.

  • No more updates for online XP-related content.

In addition, partners will not provide any more hardware support including drivers for XP, and XP-compatible software will no longer be sold or supported.

As a small or midsized business, you are particularly vulnerable because:

  • Your data and IT will automatically become less secure

  • The cost of keeping things running will rise significantly.

  • The chances of disruption to your business will increase dramatically.

OK, so what are the risks of sticking with XP really?

SECURITY

With a fully supported product, Microsoft releases patches as soon as possible after a vulnerability is found. But as soon as a patch is released, hackers reverse engineer it to find the vulnerability and attack unpatched computers. No more patches means no more protection. It’s as simple as that.

Research shows that Windows XP PCs are 21 times less secure than the equivalent machines running Windows 8.
Your risks include:

  • Your PC can be accessed from outside and the data is stolen

  • Damage to or corruption of applications

  • Damage to physical components

  • Loss of control/access to your PC

COMPATIBILITY

With no more XP drivers being produced or updated, and software vendors no longer supporting XP-compatible versions of their products, you are risking:

  • Partial or complete failure of software or hardware

  • No access to drivers – even old ones.

  • No access to support guidance both online and vendor/partner Call Centers

  • Severe disruption to any part of your business that relies on that hardware and software.

LACK OF NEW FEATURES

You can’t operate effectively as a modern business without technology that supports productivity and security for mobile working. By continuing to rely on XP, you can’t take full advantage of:

  • Wi-Fi and broadband internet connectivity

  • Modern security features such as Hard Drive or external memory encryption

  • Long battery life for mobile devices

  • Efficient network access and mobile device management

INCREASED COSTS

If you continue to rely on unsupported XP, your IT costs will inevitably go up.
These costs include:

  • Paying one or multiple service providers to maintain your XP environment on a regular or ad-hoc basis

  • Potential damage to your infrastructure from hackers or malware

  • Potential loss or theft of data

  • Downtime that results in lost sales, missed deadlines and unhappy customers

  • Increased staff turnover due to increased disruption and the lack of modern IT tools

What if I decide to risk it?

Sticking with an outdated IT infrastructure Is not a good idea, no matter what your situation:

  • If you’re supporting it on your own, you will eventually meet problems you can’t solve.

  • If you’re relying on a partner, your support costs will increase dramatically.

  • If you’re running an illegal version of XP, you’re probably already experiencing security and functionality problems that will get worse without support.

  • If you think anti-virus software will cover you, there are many security threats such as system access that can be exploited in different ways.

  • If you think you can’t afford to upgrade, you’ll find that the latest devices running new Windows 8 are surprisingly affordable.

  • If you’ve already upgraded from XP to Windows 7, Windows 8 is now 6 times more secure than its predecessor. Upgrading is still very worthwhile.

OK, I want to upgrade – where do I start?

  • Use the Upgrade Assistant to see if your programs and devices are compatible with Windows 8, and check the minimum system requirements here.
  • Back up all you data on external hard drive (if using XP) or in the cloud using OneDrive via your browser. Setting up a OneDrive account is free!
  • Use Windows 8.1 media (DVD or VL image) to install Windows 8 Professional via the installation, activate your license with the activation key, choose you settings and install any available updates.