Are you ready for Windows 8?

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IT Security & Support Specialist for Small and Medium Businesses


Microsoft Windows 8, you have probably heard about it and may have even taken a look at it, but are you ready for it?

Microsoft has announced that Windows 8 will be able to run on the same minimum hardware specification of Windows 7. Great news for users on Windows 7 but the majority of businesses are still on Windows XP specification, so what does it mean for them?

In less than 11 months, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates, support, patches, etc. leaving desktops exposed and vulnerable, which isn’t much time to prepare especially if you’re looking to replace multiple, or perhaps even hundreds of desktops.

Unfortunately for XP users a simple upgrade will not solve the problem. This is due to the staggering specification differences; Windows XP, for example, requires at least 64MB of RAM and 1.5GB of hard disk space, whereas Windows 7 requires at least 1GB of RAM and 16GB of space on the hard disk. However, the difference is not all surprising, when you consider the fact that Windows XP was launched in 2001.

A complete IT refresh will now be on the cards for many businesses currently using Windows XP. This is a discussion businesses will now have to have soon rather than later, as Microsoft have announced the official end of life (EOL) for Windows XP is set for April 2014.

Do you use Windows XP? Get in touch today for a free, no obligation, discussion around your options to avoid costly upgrades and making the best use of new technology to revolutionise how you do business.


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