Time for an Upgrade?

Microsoft-Windows-XP-logo-blissTechnology is advancing like the speed of light, and every day, month, and year, something new is being released making current technology outdated. The possibility of the advancement and what we can do with technology is so great, that it makes running businesses and even our personal lives easier. Even though Microsoft abruptly ended support for their well known operating system (OS), the Windows XP, it is causing some complications for businesses. But it is time that businesses upgrade their operating system to something more updated. Even though it makes things complicated for businesses when Microsoft announced their decision, in the long run, there are so many reasons why business should upgrade their operating system to a more recent one.

On April 8 2014, Microsoft has announced that they will no longer support and protect the operation system of Windows XP after 13 years. That means that anyone still using the system will be at a big risk of malware, viruses and being hacked. Windows XP was released in 2001 and since then, there were four other operating systems that were released from Microsoft which are: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and the recent one Windows 8.1. Microsoft has stop making patches to fix malware and viruses for the system. If people still want to use their computer or laptop, it is recommended that the device not connected to the internet at all to prevent the risk of being cyber-hacked.

Millions of people still refuse to upgrade to a newer system even though they were warned in advanced of Microsoft not continue the support on the OS of Windows XP. About 20 to 30 percent of consumers are still using the system especially government agencies like: the court and law systems, transportation departments, the militaries, and more. For a list of government agencies you can check out the government site. Banks companies like Bank of America and Chase, are still using the operating systems and even their ATMs are still under Windows XP. Small businesses that are not into the fancy technology rely on Windows XP because of the fast processor and easy to use face. It also branches out of the United States and to countries like the UK government who also use Windows XP because of the simplicity of it.

People are so insistent on keeping it because Windows XP is easy to learn and use making it easier for people who are not computer literate to learn to navigate through the system. Windows XP offers a Professional edition that includes features for business and advanced home computing, which has remote desktop support, encrypting file system, and system restore and advanced networking features while the other system on the Microsoft site didn’t have a business edition.

Rosemayre Barry of London-based business, The Pet Chip Company, is one manager who is puzzled and more than a little annoyed that she has been faced with the XP dilemma. ‘XP has been excellent,’ she says. ‘I’m very put out. When you purchase a product you don’t expect it to be discontinued, especially when it’s one of [Microsoft’s] most used products.'”

For business owners and others like Rosemayre Barry, they expect that when a product is the most used and relied on, it shouldn’t be discontinued, for in fear of losing business. Before when Microsoft was still supporting the system, it was a security wall of defense around your computer and when hackers found a weakness in XP, Microsoft would send out an update to seal those security holes. But those defense measures are going away, giving hackers a way in to grab personal information.

Businesses should upgrade their system because using Windows XP will give hackers no problem hacking and stealing personal information from personal and company information like credit card information, passwords and even social security. Based on the statistics that a research analyst from a security firm company released, ” …Data indicates that less than one fifth of our customers run Windows XP but more than a quarter of infections are Windows XP-based… Windows XP users topped the list of victims cyber-thieves targeted…”. The operating system always had a high risk of getting a virus or getting hacked so it is best that they get their system converted.

Even though some consumers already made the conversion to the newer operating systems, a lot of businesses and consumers around the world are having a difficult time converting Windows XP to another operating system. The UK is paying Microsoft a lot of money to extend the support for the system for an extra 12 months after the cut-off date. It is beneficial to convert to a newer system because it could get expensive to maintain. Since the risk of getting a virus and the chance of being hacked is high, once a system is compromised, it takes a lot of money just to fix it the chance of the computer being hacked again is greater.

To upgrade the operating system will cost only $120.00; which makes it seem more appealing after all the money that people spend only to maintain the Windows XP system from viruses. Other systems of Microsoft that came after windows XP is the Windows Vista, Windows 7 and now, Windows 8 and the latest which is Windows 8.1. Window Vista was the next system that Microsoft released after the XP and was not popular but was good with security. The next operating system after the Vista was the Windows 7, which was quite similar to Windows XP with a better and faster processor, it was compatible with Windows XP, and it was the first operating system to become touch screen friendly. Then comes the Windows 8, which has a completely different layout and processor and makes navigating a bit difficult on a laptop or desktop with the placements of thing like hiding the start bar which is the necessity to the computer. Windows 8 introduces apps that could be downloaded and tiles which is how the icons on the screen are laid out. Last, and the most recent operating system is, the Windows 8.1, which is the enhancement of the Windows 8 with the backup system of cloud and a few additions of apps that lets the system be more corporate friendly.

Technology has advanced since Windows XP first came out in 2001 with more protection, reliable and a faster system. Since technology is advancing so fast, it is the perfect time to adapt to it because only better things are going to come out of this technology age.

“‘We live in a much more mobile world than 13 years ago; hardware has never been so cost-effective and computing requirements and capabilities have moved on beyond anyone’s expectations,’ says Microsoft’s UK Windows commercial chief, David Rodger”.

Technology such as touch screens on smart phones and tablets now take advantage of hardware, software, and processing power that wasn’t around in 2001 and the Windows XP is starting to become outdated because of the code-based method that is used to keep it running. Before in doctor’s offices, patients would have to manually sign in by paper and pen and nurses would have to question patients to see what the problem was. Now, we walk into an office, everything is through a tablet which makes it more efficient to get people in and out of the doctor’s office leaving room for new patients and income.

Even though it is frustrating to businesses that Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP of 13 years, it is about time that business upgrade to a more recent system. The risks are just too great to still be using Windows XP. The amount of viruses and malware that can get into the system is greater leaving all the personal and credit card information vulnerable to hackers and cyber-thieves. Once that happens, think about the cost it would take to get it fixed and maintained with security programs and patches. Since Microsoft doesn’t support the system anymore, there will be no more patches and fixes to the system to prevent viruses. All that money spent will be wasted, and information will be corrupted, lost and/or stolen when it only takes about $120.00 to upgrade to a better system. It was even mentioned by Microsoft, that for people who really like Windows XP, Windows 7 is compatible and is basically is the same thing, but an improved version. After all that time, sweat and trouble to maintain the Windows XP system now, why are businesses still waiting to upgrade? Things are only getting better in the world of technology and it is time to adapt to make life easier.


4 Comments to “Time for an Upgrade?”

  1. I agree, technology is constantly changing and with the recent data breaches in news from companies like Target, businesses need to step it up in upgrading their systems to protect customer information. I have transitioned from Windows XP to Windows Vista and then to Windows 7 and there wasn’t much difference in how the operating system worked for each of these products. It’s surprising that businesses don’t want to spend a little money for a newer version of something they are already used to using especially when it will safeguard their customer’s information better and allow for future updates to fix security issues.

  2. I would have to admit that I am one of those people who still enjoy using Windows XP because of the easy-to-use interface. Although with the passing of one generation of computer operating system comes with it a feeling of sentiment. Most of us students have been using Windows XP throughout our whole academic life. Moving on to another upgraded operating system involves learning how to use certain newer features, as well as getting used to the new interface. The argument it appears though, is that the risks of viruses, malware, and hackings has been getting increasingly greater as before the announcement of non-support. Now that Microsoft no longer supports XP, the risk has certainly increased exponentially. It would be wise for individuals, and especially businesses to upgrade to a newer OS in order to avoid any breaches in personal and financial information. Most major businesses have no doubt been required to update their computers’ OS, yet smaller businesses may have trouble moving on from their current comfortable position with XP. The push for the new operating system is simply a precaution that Microsoft has no doubt taken to ensure security and safety. Many don’t like what’s transpired here, yet it appears that it’s the only way to ensure safety, security, and success for businesses and individuals.

  3. I may be a bit cynical, but I feel like all these operating systems and especially computer software companies all do this as a way for marketing. It’s true that computers and technology in general is every evolving (according to moore’s law), but why is it so important to ditch the old softwares and require newer ones? I feel like both Windows and Mac do this as a marketing tactic. I have both PC and Mac, and I must admit, Windows XP is my favorite, but every single month I feel like there’s an update. Now, people with the older versions are kind of forced into buying the newest, most recent software…Why can’t they just keep the old, and add on the new? Like all other updates? It’s just going to cost companies, schools, and individuals like us, more money for an upgrade. I feel like once Windows or any software company for that matter figures out whether or not everyone hops on board, they are just going to use that to their advantage and propose newer softwares the same way. It may be a little money at first, but it’s probably going to be pretty costly in the long run…

  4. Very good article. I agree with the author, it’s time that business begin updating their systems. My personal dental office still uses Windows XP for their programs and I’ve asked them, why is it that they don’t upgrade to Windows 7 or even Windows 8, and their response is the same as what the author has mentioned, “It’s easier to use and simpler.” Well, I can’t speak for all, but I think what these companies don’t realize, is that Windows 7 can be seen as a “polished” version of Windows XP. Windows 8 is a whole different story, but since Microsoft is no longer providing support for XP, Windows 7 will definitely be the go-to-upgrade for them, because the interface is fairly the same but in a “polished” way. Also, with the recent exploit with Internet Explorer affecting millions of Microsoft user’s data, with Microsoft no longer giving support to Windows XP, those users will be left in the dark when Microsoft eventually closes up the exploit. It’s kind of funny in a way, that this exploit comes out right when the end XP.. It makes me question.. What if this was an inside job, to force companies to upgrade? 0o

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