Prepare yourself for the looming deadline of Windows XP

The end of XP support is inevitable and IT pros are tasked with maintaining a productive workforce armed with the tools they need to complete mission-critical projects daily.

By Justin Strong

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When Windows XP launched in 2001, it was widely adopted by enterprises and quickly became one of the most popular operating systems from Microsoft – and it still is today. XP is commonly believed to be short for eXPerience, which denotes the friendly user experience that enterprises and employees have relied on for productivity for over a decade.Today, 12 years and three Microsoft operating systems later, XP still currently owns roughly 31 percent of market share – that’s an estimated 500 million PCs, according to Net Market Share. On April 8, 2014, however, those 500 million PCs are scheduled for a rude awakening because if Microsoft holds to its current XP lifecycle, the extended support for XP will end, forcing those enterprises to migrate or be left open to severe security vulnerabilities.

Updated: November 18, 2013 — 3:00 pm

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