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Windows XP End of Support: What to do now
Author: Faisal Mustafa

IT stake holders may not like the idea of carrying a 12 year old operating system. But now many have no choice. Microsoft is officially ending support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014, which means that Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or patches for any issues or security risks that may be identified.

Windows XP was one of the most successful operating systems developed by Microsoft. But the fact remains that it is 12 years old and lacking key functionality that is provided in the newer operating systems. Despite Microsoft making it abundantly clear about the end of life there are many corporate desktop environments that are running on Windows XP. Organizations should have had an exit strategy in place to replace Windows XP with a newer operating system.

The challenge with upgrading to a newer operating system is that there is a vast majority of applications are not compatible with Windows 7 or Windows 8. Certain custom desktop applications and browser based applications that were designed to work with Internet Explorer 6 do not work properly with the new operating system and the new browser. Moreover there are older desktops that are not powerful enough to run Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Organizations need to start planning as soon as possible on this critical move. Organizations that fail to start a migration of contingency plan in next couple of months will risk not being able to move their applications and operating system in time by the April cutoff date.

Fortunately there are options available for moving applications that are not compatible with Windows 7 or Windows 8. To identify these application and remediation plans the organizations should conduct an application compatibility workshop to determine a plan for application migration.

The first step for any organization who is still using Windows XP should be to start the planning process to ensure that all variables are accounted for. Without a solid plan the migration could be disastrous. Identifying risks and coming up with a mitigation plan before starting the migration process will help ensure that the migration goes smoothly.

The application that are identified as not being compatible should be addressed using Application Virtualization and create a plan to re-write them in the newer version of the operating system.

How can VIRE Help?

VIRE Technologies has extensive experience in working with organizations of all sizes to plan and Migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8. We can conduct and Application Compatibility Workshop, create a migration plan and execute the plan. For more information about our Application Windows Deployment offering please look at Windows Deployment Section of our website

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