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Time to say good-bye to a dear old friend

November 09, 2012 08:00 AM

While I thought it would never come, it is time to wish a comfortable old friend adieu.  We have been good friends for such a long time and this one has never let me down, but we have both realized that we must part ways.   After these many years together, while I never would have believed it, we have grown apart.   

An old friend, you say?  Yes, I am referring to my dear friend Windows XP.  

Truly, I never thought this day would come.  When we first met, I could not believe that this shiny, new operating system was anything but a dream,   Sure, there was Windows 3.1 and then 95 and even Millennium Edition, but there was never one quite like XP.  Oh, Windows 2000 was a good friend too, but was not quite an XP.  I tried Vista, but alas, it was not to be, so I stuck with my favorite O/S XP.       

While it may seem like a long way off, the final end of service date for Windows XP will be upon us before you know it.  All good things must come to an end, and April 14, 2014 is finally, finally, finally the day.  This is the day Microsoft, while extending the date several times, has said the party must finally end. 

What does this mean to me?

Microsoft will provide no more hot fixes or security patches or any other support from that date forward.  Software vendors, if not already announced, are beginning to communicate their intentions to drop Windows XP support from future releases.  And in our connected world, security threats are a critical issue, so the migration to Windows 7 is inevitable for most.     

The migration to Windows 7 needs careful planning and execution.  While an excellent, secure and stable operating system, the migration is not without complications due to the age of XP and the significant architectural  enhancements with Win 7.  It is important to choose a trusted partner to guide you through the planning and implementation process.

Windows 7 migration services provides several benefits to our customers:

• Minimize the Windows 7 migration impact on overtaxed IT departments
• Faster implementation by leveraging a trusted, Certified Microsoft Partner
• Comprehensive Consulting Services to deliver upfront readiness analysis, planning and design
• Professionally managed, global implementation capabilities

For more information, check out the datasheet on NCR’s Windows 7 migration services.