Windows XP - RIP 4/8/14
I hope you aren't running XP, but my guess is some of you still have a Windows XP system somewhere on your network or in your home. If so, take advantage of the $100 rebate Microsoft is offering and get a new machine before April 8. This link gives you the $100 off and free data transfer. Quite a good deal!
For those still running Windows XP, starting April 8 you will no longer receive patches from Microsoft and you’ll be subject to exploits (viruses, Trojans, malware) that will cause you problems. Do not think relying on your malware software will protect you. Even with malware/virus protection, patched and unpatched computers alike are infected every week, but the majority of infections are prevented by good virus protection and patched computers.
If you work for a company that has not upgraded yet, you have issues to be concerned about, since this represents a significant threat to security and PCI compliance. Equally important for businesses, providing users the right technology is critical to efficiency and customer satisfaction. XP was great when released but Windows 7 is significantly better.
Windows 8 is even better from a stability and speed standpoint, but involves a learning curve that is not easily justified by the improvements. If you are are on Windows 8 and still struggling, check out this software to make it feel like Windows 7 (thanks to Geiger help desk guru Mike St Germain for the tip). It takes time (and budget) to smoothly transition hundreds of computers and users to a new operating system, so if you are still on XP, your company has a big challenge ahead.
You need to get rid of any XP computers now.
XP machines will be targets for hackers, and if your system gets infected it is easier to infect your clients or the rest of your home/office network. Shut those machines down now, and if you can’t, ensure your IT leader immediately gives you a clear plan showing the number of XP machines and when they will be shut down. There is no excuse for any business (including banks, which still run them on ATM's!) to be running XP at this point.
Dale Denham, MAS+, is considered the industry's top technologist and is the chief information officer at Geiger . Read Dale's thoughts on technology, business, and the promotional products world ever other Tuesday. Follow Dale on Twitter @GeigerCIO.
E Dale Denham Author's page Dale is a business leader who is best known for providing business-focused I.T. leadership. He believes technology is not limited to increasing efficiency, but is essential to driving revenue. Dale strongly believes having great people is the critical ingredient to success no matter how great your technology might be.Known to many in the promotional products industry as a leading technologist, Dale is using his mix of business and technology to help drive the industry forward. One of the leaders and founders of the PromoStandards effort, Dale and others are working hard to address industry inefficiencies. Dale also is a board member of PPAI through 2018.Follow Dale on Twitter @daledenham or connect with him on LinkedIn via http://www.linkedin.com/in/daledenham.