Windows XP: Is It Time To Upgrade?


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In 2000, Microsoft were the market leader in providing IT software and were deemed as the bully company who beat all competition and were left shining with high sales and market share. Despite this success, Microsoft missed out on the opportunity of expanding into handheld devices, allowing for Apple to take the lead and stand in their place. Despite this fall back in technology, over 95% of the world’s population use Microsoft software somewhere along the lines, whether it be Microsoft Windows, Office or their other services. Due to more people using handheld devices to PC’s and laptops, Microsoft decided to release Windows 8 – the software that functions with both handheld devices and modern day computers.

Despite these new updates in technology, many issues have risen for companies using Windows XP. In 2011, it was announced that all support for Windows XP would stop on the cut-off date of the 8th of April 2014. Services such as the NHS will get an extended date however everyone else will be made to decide whether to upgrade or continue using XP. That date has now passed, however it is estimated that 40% of desktops and laptops still use XP, which could potentially provide risks and issues to companies that remain to use it.

It will be a tough decision to make for organisations on whether to stick with XP or upgrade for extra support. It is recommended that those who rely on patches and updates for the security of their computer to upgrade instantly, however those who don’t to still consider upgrade although not quite as urgently. It is believed that upgrading is costly and disruptive, however cyber attacks are so severe that cyber defenses need to be approached proactively. It is believed that now the updates have gone, there is a chance of an increase by two-thirds that XP will be affected by malware, regardless of the precautions you may take. Microsoft are now saying that businesses should only continue to use XP if they are prepared to accept security breaches where data could be compromised.

As for updates, Microsoft have recently released their newest version of Windows 8.1. This was designed in order to allow functions to be used on handheld devices, however it has been highly criticized for bugs on the initial launch and for not being as user friendly or familiar as the previous version of Windows such as Windows 7. Many fixes have been made to Windows 8, as released in the 8.1, such as fixes to the OneDrive, compatibility view, Trust This PC, popup tips, disappearing USB drives, Internet Explorer crashes and blurred text. Due to the low success of Windows 8.1, it is rumoured that a Windows 9 will eventually be released in 2015 in order to crease out all issues and return a more familiar software to Microsoft’s loyal customers.

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