When Should Your Update Your Computer’s Operating System?

When Should Your Update Your Computer’s Operating System?

Windows XP has been around since 2001 — eons in technology time — yet, today Windows XP still has a market share of 27%. Which mean lots of businesses are still running an 11-year-old operating system.

Windows Vista didn’t motivate a lot of businesses to upgrade and by the time Windows 7 came along, most businesses decided they could leave good enough alone. Fortunately, Microsoft has offered support for old operating systems. However, Microsoft announced that they will stop supporting Windows XP in April 2014. Which means no security upgrades either. Old operating systems may no longer be supported by third-party software developers, which could lead to frustrating compatibility issues.

Time has come for those running XP to step into the future. Microsoft is now gearing up for Windows 8 and many businesses are offering BYOD (bring your own device) programs and virtualizing their networks, technologies that are not XP friendly and require modern operating systems.

Upgrading your operating system can allow users to take advantage of a whole new world of features and vastly improve security and performance for businesses. Best practice dictates that running a newer operating system can increate productivity and improve the way you do business.

If you are still running Windows XP and are looking to upgrade your operating system, contact ACE IT Solutions at 908-704-0400. We can help ensure a smooth upgrade transition that fits your business’ goals and budget.