Microsoft will stop support on Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This means that security updates will no longer be created for the operating system. Any critical updates that could apply to Windows XP will only be made for Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
We will keep making this announcement as the time draws nearer. It is good for residential customers to know this, but even more important for businesses. Many businesses using old versions of a proprietary software will most likely run into the problem of needing a newer version that will work with Windows 8.
We try to remind businesses about support stopping on XP, because we know that some business who paid thousands of dollars for special software around 2001 or later will most likely have to shell out that money again to remain up to date.
One way to lower your in-house cost is to not use Microsoft Office unless it is absolutely necessary for connecting with outside business or sources. Your business can switch to OpenOffice, which is free and has all the great features Microsoft Office Professional has. OpenOffice can read all file formats created in Microsoft Office. OpenOffice has its own renamed version of Word, which is called Writer in OpenOffice and Excel is called Calc. The only thing missing from OpenOffice is that it does not come bundled with an email client. The only foreseeable problems of using OpenOffice is that some formulas created in Excel may not transfer well to OpenOffice. They may have to be re-written.
If you have questions feel free to call us about how to move forward. We can talk to you about options that will work best as it pertains to your specific business set up. We can also talk to you about upgrades or new computer purchases as well.