April 8th, 2014 will be the end of an era for Microsoft as they terminate support for Windows XP. For the past 10 years, people have used the company’s first mass-market operating system, and in just a few weeks it will be time to say good-bye. Most programs would have been completely phased out by now, but there are still quite a few XP users; users who more than likely are wondering what will happen to their soon-to-be-outdated operating system.

The good news is that the operating system will continue to function. But if you’re still using Windows XP, there are a few things you should watch out for:

  • It doesn’t support modern hardware
  • It’s not as secure as modern versions of Windows
  • It will become increasingly insecure

Security may be a big risk for your business if you continue to use XP, and could adversely affect your business if your defenses are breached. To avoid this, you could buy a new computer that comes with a more modern version of both hardware and software. However, when you buy a new computer, which means you’ll also need to find updated software solutions to replace your Windows XP apps.

What happens to those old Windows XP apps?

It’s difficult to adjust to entirely new modes of operating, so we understand that while you’re transitioning from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8, it might be daunting to also have to update the software that you’re using. The good news is that you might be able to continue using your Windows XP apps after you upgrade your operating system by using Windows Compatibility Mode, which will run some Windows XP apps, even though you’re using a more current operating system. It’s important to remember that not all Windows XP apps will work in Windows Compatibility Mode, and the only way to ensure your company will run smoothly is to cut all ties with Windows XP by replacing your machines and updating to a newer OS and compatible software.

Remember that your company’s security is at risk once Windows XP reaches its end of life. In fact, your security is already at risk, because Windows XP is the least secure operating system available due to the gradual discontinuation of security patches. So hurry up and call TCI Technologies today to order your new machines to make sure your company information stays secure and protected!

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