IT Support Blog for Small Business Owners
Last month, I blogged about Technology Management strategies and how to link good IT management back to a predictable IT budget. This April brings not only its usual tax day, but, crucial for IT management and business continuity, the end of support for the Microsoft Windows XP operating system. Unless you’re in the minority, look around, you’ll see Windows XP desktops or laptops. So what’s the end of support for XP have to do with increased network management costs? It means you’re going to need to upgrade old computers or risk unplanned downtime due to an exploited unsupported operating system.
The deadline we are typically concerned about in April is the 15th – Tax Day. Here in calendar year 2014, business owners, IT personnel, and IT outsourcers are also preoccupied with another deadline, this one on April 8th – the end of Microsoft XP Support. If you have not already heard, on April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will officially end Windows XP operating system’s life cycle. Microsoft has stated that it will no longer sell or support Windows XP and Office 2003.
In 90 days, on April 8, 2014 Microsoft will end extended support for Windows XP. This means that no additional security patches, bug fixes, or service packs will be released and that users will no longer have access to free or paid technical support. Systems running XP won’t suddenly stop working on April 8, but they will become increasingly vulnerable and the source of additional problems to your company. I doubt you have called Microsoft for XP support for years, so why is this a big deal?