ARC Systems To Support Companies with IT Migration Strategies in Preparation for Windows XP End of Life Deadline
The Essex-based IT support provider is keen to quell rumours that the retirement of Windows XP will spell disaster for companies that rely on the operating system to help them manage their applications.
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November 5, 2013 (FPRC) -- Microsoft has announced in recent months that Windows XP will be coming to the end of its life on April 8th 2014. Much to the dismay of many, the software giant will no longer be rolling out new security updates, non-security hotfixes or online technical updates for Windows XP users from this date forward.
It’s a move that is likely to have sent those business owners reluctant to upgrade to more current operating systems into panic mode, but the consultants at ARC Systems have been quick to offer support to companies who are concerned that their IT security may be compromised.
“The vast majority of businesses appreciate the operational advantages of switching to a newer operating system sooner rather than later, so therefore will be unaffected by Microsoft’s latest move,” explains Steve Holloway, a director at ARC Systems. “However, companies still operating XP will need to have a migration plan in place for their IT systems to ensure they’re not placing their network at risk of security or compliance issues.
“Our role is to support businesses as they make the sizeable jump from Windows XP to Windows 7 or later and ensure as smooth a transition as possible, resulting in minimum downtime and virtually no loss of productivity in-house.”
It’s an exciting (and some might say rather daunting) time for Microsoft users. With the recent launch of Windows 8.1, which was released last week as a free upgrade for those who have already installed Windows 8 on their device, company owners may be in some doubt as to which platform will best meet their needs. Though companies may have their reservations about newer operating systems, Steve and his team encourage all business owners to upgrade now to avoid costly migration mistakes in the future.
“By delaying an upgrade, you’re only putting off the inevitable,” he says. “Arranging your migration now will prevent any security or compatibility issues affecting your organisation when older operating systems become ineffectual.”
Contact ARC Systems for advice on upgrading your systems to Windows 7 or later in preparation for Windows XP’s end of life.
ARC Systems offers a wide range of IT support services to Basildon and throughout Essex. The company specialises in project management and network support and provides a number of competitively-priced outsourcing packages that are perfect for budget-conscious SMEs in the local area. For quotes or to take a look at what the company has to offer, please visit the company’s website.
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