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End of Support for Windows XP

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Are you still running Windows XP on your desktops in your organization?  The end of extended support for Windows XP is coming up quick. So what does this mean to you?On April 8, 2014, security patches and hot fixes for all versions of Windows XP will no longer be available. PC’s running Windows XP will be vulnerable to security threats. Furthermore, many third-party software providers are not planning to extend support to applications running on Windows XP, which translates to even more complexity, security risks, and ultimately, added costs for your IT department if you’re still managing Windows XP environments.

End of support is nothing short of a death sentence for XP. Make no mistake about it, XP is considered obsolete even today, despite the fact that it is still heavily used in both business and home environments. For those users that stick to Windows, the only viable alternative to XP for the time being is Windows 7. Even by the most optimistic estimates, Windows 8, the next major iteration of Windows, is approximately a year away.

If you’re running windows XP, contact your IT provider to learn more about your options for upgrading. Accellis Technology Group can also help guide you through this transitional period to insure that your systems are secure, functional, and up to date.

Bret Surdock
Bret Surdock
As a Network Engineer, Bret ensures that the systems our clients use day-to-day are running smoothly. Bret comes to Accellis with extensive experience supporting professional hardware, servers, and Windows environments. He has completed several server migrations, hardware installations, as well as enterprise Wi-Fi system installations. In addition to Windows and Linux desktop and server operating systems, he is also experienced with VMware ESXi and vSphere environments, Unifi Wi-Fi Systems, Cisco IOS and EMC Storage Systems. Bret has an Associate Degree in Network Communications Technology from Lorain County Community College and has been trained in the Cisco Networking Academy.

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