Let’s talk about…Windows 10

It feels like Windows 8 was only just released yesterday but it is nearly time for a new operating system to hit our devices – Windows 10. But, why jump from 8 to 10? Microsoft stated the newest version is so significant that it warrants a ‘10’, differentiating it to mark a ‘new chapter in the history of Windows’. However according to other sources, Microsoft decided to skip Windows 9 because of legacy code from third-party applications –

windows 10Cranbourne said that “early testing revealed just how many third party products had code in the form of Windows 9”, referring to benchmark operating systems Windows 95 and Windows 98. He said: “This was the pragmatic solution to avoid that.”

There was also rumours late 2014 that upgrades for Windows 7 and 8 users will be free. Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Operating Systems confirmed at an event in January that for the first year after the launch, customers with devices running on Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to the latest version of the operating system – for free. However, those on ‘Enterprise’ versions will not be included in this offer.

Details of how this would work has not been released but, it seems that Microsoft has learnt from the previous release of Window 8 – it is not always the case of if we build it, customers will come! By providing incentives for Windows 10 uptake will help Microsoft create demand for suitable applications for the new OS.

Why Sticking with Windows XP is a bad idea…

It’s time to move on now if you are still running Windows XP after the support ended…

Windows XP is no longer covered by Microsoft, since 8th April 2014 Microsoft stopped providing security updates, hotfixes, bug fixes, service packs and online technical assistance. Microsoft has been warning people and businesses about it for months but, there are still an estimated 27% of desktops worldwide running on Windows XP according to Netmarketshare.

Since the end of support your system could be exposed to serious risks and security threats. Windows XP have vulnerabilities like any other operating system but, when it was still supported Microsoft would provide patches and updates to resolve these vulnerabilities. But now unprotected, who to say cybercriminals won’t write a piece to malicious software just targeted at XP machines?

So beware, data on the over a decade-old system won’t be fully protected even if anti-virus software is installed, as cybercriminals can exploit the vulnerabilities or the ‘gaps’ within the system security to steal or corrupt data.

System not connected to the internet? If it is connected to a network it can still be a door for malicious software, acting like a carrier and allow the software to infiltrate and infect other computers running Windows 7 or 8 on the network.

If you’re still on XP at work or at home it is time to complete the migration to a new operating system to help keep all your information safe, from those who wish to exploit the unsupported system. The risk is there so, upgrade your operating system to protect your data and network!

Ready to say goodbye to Windows XP? Only 60 days…

In the past few weeks it has been eventful at the Microsoft camp with a new CEO, rumours of Windows 9, Window 8 updates and of course the End of Support for Windows XP…

Although the End of Support is still happening (only 60 days away) on the 8th April, Microsoft recently announced they will continue to supply anti-malware signatures until April 15th 2015 but, this does not include security updates. Since the release there has been some confusion as to what is happening – Windows XP end of support is still happening but, to clarify this anti-malware extension means –

“For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP. For consumers, this applies to Microsoft Security Essentials.” stated in recent Microsoft blog.

Therefore, the extension does not really do much for Windows XP users, it will still leave big security gaps in the system because users will not have any new patches or updates from April 2014.

If your still on XP it is time to move on, to help ensure that your business is not exposed to unnecessary security and compliance risks just because the operating system in use is no longer supported.

For more information on what ‘End of Support’ means check out our earlier posts. For help moving from the 13 year old operating system or advice on which operating system to upgrade to please contact us today.

Windows XP – not long to go until…

From April 8th 2014 the support for Microsoft Windows XP will be ending. So it is nearly time to say goodbye to the popular decade-old operating system.

The end of support means, users will no longer receive anymore security updates. This will lead to security and privacy implications that can significantly impact businesses – without the updates systems may be vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software.

If using an unsupported operating system, other software and hardware products on the system may also not be support by the vendors either. It will also make it difficult to purchase new software and hardware for the retired Window XP operating system.

Due to the lack of updates, supporting software and hardware, it could lead to users experiencing an increase of downtime and business disruption. To discuss the implications of the end of support for Windows XP in more detail or help with upgrading please contact us today.