Today marks the expiration of Microsoft support for Windows XP. Yet the proportion of desktops still running the aged operating system is between 30% and 35%, according to research group Net Applications.
As of this morning, any computers still on XP will continue to work, but there’s no longer any defence against a deluge of security threats that could rear their ugly heads.
That’s a massive issue whether you’re responsible for a handful of desktops or an entire infrastructure of computers, but it doesn’t mean you should panic.
Okay, maybe panic a little. But just for five seconds.
There. Now, let’s look at what you can do about it.
This is a bridge-the-gap option, but it’s probably the best one out there, because Microsoft is providing it. The government just signed a £5.5m deal to cover most public sector PCs for a full year, including one million NHS computers and 34,000 Metropolitan police desktops.
However, the widely-reported costs are designed to prompt you to migrate sooner rather than later: It’s $200 per PC for the first year, $400 for the second year and a whopping $800 for the third year. Nevertheless, it’s a good, if pricey, way to buy yourself some time if your business has been dragging its feet over a mass migration.
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