Six months until the end of Windows XP; companies that don’t start migration immediately are putting their business at risk

Six months until the end of Windows XP; companies that don’t start migration immediately are putting their business at risk
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Today marks six months until Microsoft officially switches off the lights on support for Windows XP, its longest-running and most-popular operating system. Yet businesses all over the world are still using XP, with hundreds of thousands of business-critical legacy apps still dependant on it. Unless these businesses start migration immediately, their business-critical data will be left increasingly open to corruption, infection, theft or exploitation, points out leading App Migration specialist Camwood.

April 8th 2014 is Microsoft’s official end date for support of XP. From this date Microsoft will no longer provide any form of support for XP, including crucial security updates. All companies currently running XP are being encouraged to move to Windows 7 or Windows 8.

Adrian Foxall, CEO of Camwood, has strong feelings on this matter:

“There’s no easy way to put it; UK organisations are fast running out of time to successfully migrate off XP. Microsoft recommends an 18-30 month transition period, but with only six months to go, it could be too late for many organisations.

“Our independent research six months ago, which marked one year to end of the XP, found that at that point over half of UK businesses had yet to start migration. Our concern is that many of these organisations have still not actually started the process, and are now really reaching crisis point.

“With all the potential compatibility and security issues looming from legacy systems, businesses need to understand migration is a necessary step to secure their valuable data. Camwood will help organisations prioritise their business critical apps and get them over their first hurdle, but the clock is ticking, and companies need to take action today.”

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