Microsoft has urged businesses still plodding on with its Windows XP operating system to migrate to its newest Windows 8 platforms on the one-year deadline for the end of XP support.
Research has found the many firms are still using the decade-old system, despite support ending in 365 days, potentially putting businesses at risk when Microsoft finally stops supporting the operating system.
“While end of support for Windows XP is still one year away, the migration process can take some time and may be costlier the longer you stay on Windows XP, ultimately putting your business at risk,” wrote Microsoft’s senior director for Windows Commercial, Erwin Visser in a blog post.
“The security landscape is ever-changing and new threats are coming to fruition every day, so it is critical that businesses ensure they protect their data and IP against the latest threats by deploying a modern Windows platform.”
Visser also said that firms not upgrading are missing out “the tangible benefits of modernizing their IT investments” and that there are several benefits to be had on its new Windows 8 platform.
“Moving away from Windows XP to a more modern platform in Windows 7 and Windows 8 will ready your IT infrastructure for future technology solutions and growth of your company,” he said.
“Windows 8 is the modern OS for modern businesses, building on Windows 7 fundamentals like speed, reliability and security, while creating a modern platform designed for a new generation of hardware options.”
Most firms are more likely to move to Windows 7 first, though. One firm that recently did upgrade is Easyjet, which explained to V3 that it moved from XP to Windows 7 to help improve its IT estate and give staff a better working environment.
Microsoft will be hoping numerous firms heed its calls as to date interest in Windows 8 appears muted, with many V3 readers saying they have no interest in the operating system.
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