Moving Forward: The Need to Migrate to Windows 7

Windows XP’s days are numbered. Microsoft will be terminating all support for the operating system, as well as support for Microsoft Word 2003, on April 8, 2014. This includes all security updates and fixes, leaving those with Windows XP vulnerable to security threats. Many organizations are now faced with the task of migrating to a modern desktop on Windows 7 or 8.

While it may seem daunting, organizations should view migrating as an opportunity, not a burden. For starters, Windows 7 features substantial enhancements over XP and Vista in multiple areas including performance, security, user access PC management and support. Tests have shown that Windows 7 runs JavaScript significantly faster than XP or Vista. Other advantages of migrating lie with the process itself. Migrating will give your organization a chance to correct operating inefficiencies and automate processes and standards.

Migrating is not a quick and easy procedure. It is a long process that requires a great deal of effort and involves a certain amount of risk. As such, it is imperative that organizations develop a comprehensive plan for migration. According to Microsoft customer deployment data, the average enterprise migration takes 18 to 32 months. With the deadline only 8 months away, organizations that have not yet begun the process should do so immediately.

For more information on why to migrate to Windows 7 and how to expedite the deployment process, download this white paper, Smoothing the Path to Windows 7.

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