Ahh, Windows XP – perhaps the most familiar and used operating system ever! Did you know that Windows XP now 12 years old and Microsoft is planning to stop supporting the operation system from April 8th 2014?
The days when XP was released are long behind us now. Remember back when Harry Potter was still only in his second year of Hogwarts, the original iPod was the hottest new toy, and MySpace was still cool? With technology moving on, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows XP in order to concentrate their resources on new operating systems and experiences.
What does it mean for me if I still use Windows XP?
While your computer will still operate and continue to function as before, Microsoft will no longer issue updates for new features, support for hardware or upgraded security fixes. The lack of future security fixes is an important aspect to consider if you or your business are using Windows XP still and want to stay secure.
Microsoft of course recommends that you upgrade to the latest version of Windows, currently 8.1, but this may not always be possible depending on what computer hardware you are using. Microsoft has a system requirements for Windows 8.1 and also provides a free upgrade assistant tool that scans your hardware and tells you which version your hardware can support.
What if I need to upgrade my hardware?
Computer hardware has evolved considerably since Windows XP was new, which means that there is a greater choice than ever in planning a new purchase. With discussions around Mac OSX vs Windows (or Linux of course), and the rise of tablets, laptops and all-in-one desktops, it’s important to consider your needs and purchase the right computer to fulfill your requirements. HP and Dell are popular providers who offer wide ranges of business suited desktop and laptop computers.
Migrating your data
Copying your old data to a new system is a lot less painful these days than it used to be. Laplink PC Mover Express allows you to transfer all your files, settings and user profiles over to a new machine so you can continue working seamlessly. This works on all Windows XP computers and can transfer data to a computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8. You will have to update your apps manually, but this is always a good idea anyway to make sure you get the latest versions of each application.
Microsoft Office 2003 is also being retired
It’s not just Windows XP that Microsoft will stop supporting – the MS Office 2003 suite of applications including Word, Excel and Powerpoint will also stop receiving support from the 8th of April, 2014. This means that you will also need to upgrade Office to the latest 2013 version, or at least the 2010 or 2007 version. Remember that Office 2003 is not compatible with Windows 8 operating system either if you aren’t planning to upgrade Office immediately. Alternatively, you can move away from traditional applications and use Office 365, an online version of Microsoft Office that stores your documents in the cloud for access anywhere.
So Windows XP – it’s going to be hard to say goodbye, but we won’t forget you! Let’s hope that future versions of Windows can live up to your legacy!