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15 April

Windows XP support ends: Experts explain what users should do next

April 8 2014 - the day that Microsoft no longer supports Windows XP - is upon us, and for organisations that still have a significant XP user base, it's no surprise there is rising concern over what to do next.  Gartner has estimated that many businesses will not have managed to move all of their systems over by the time support ended, and predicts that a majority of firms will still have some machines running Windows XP within their organisations. According to research by Netmarketshare.com, 27% of all desktops worldwide still run XP. Paul Marsh, senior director of technology infrastructure at IT consultancy Avanade, points out that a number of systems will have business applications requiring XP that their IT department may not necessarily know about, and will therefore have been unable to suggest migration. So why will these businesses suffer when support for XP comes to an end? Support at an end Microsoft claims that businesses have been given enough time to move away from the 12-year-old operating system. Despite this, ...

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