Microsoft calls time on Windows XP and Office 2003
On the 9th of April 2012 Microsoft via the Windows Team Blog have taken the time to notify us that it is now two years until windows XP and Office 2003 are officially out of support and suggest that if customers still have windows XP and Office 2003 installed that it is time to start planning your migration to windows 7 and office 2010, in order to meet the demands modern users to provide a platform to work from anywhere at any time while companies have an increasing requirement to secure their data and increase flexibility, productivity and manageability.
With Windows 8 on the horizon many businesses will be tempted to wait however given that there are only 2 years remaining of support for Windows XP now is the time to be planning and testing the migration to Windows 7 as this will keep you in support, provide significant benefits to your employees and administrators and prepare your applications and infrastructure for supporting Windows 8 and beyond.
Now is also a good time to look at alternative desktop solutions such as VDI where you can provide a flexible and reliable desktop operating system that can be accessed from mobile devices and tablets as well as your employees own hardware perhaps leading you to a BYOD policy that allows staff to use their own higher specification hardware to access your own virtualised software image.
Transputec has significant experience working with customers on Windows 7 migration plans, application testing, VDI development and BYOD deployments that allow your users increased flexibility, reliability and productivity to improve the performance of your entire organisation and provide a robust and reliable solution to carry your business forward.