Windows XP's end of service looms, but companies do have some options

Microsoft Windows XP might lose support soon, but there are some options available to companies that still aren't ready - or can't - migrate.

Published Wed, Feb 26 2014 8:09 AM CST   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:18 PM CST

RSA 2014 - The Microsoft XP end of support date is looming on April 8, and while most users have migrated to Windows 7 or 8, there are some stragglers that still want to feel nostalgic.

Windows XP's end of service looms, but companies do have some options |

The 2014 RSA Conference might be focused largely on cybersecurity and mobility, but XP-related solutions are also on display.

There is a unique opportunity for companies that want to cater to current XP users, such as the Unisys Stealth security platform - Stealth protection offers XP endpoints to be undetectable - and only admins and assigned users can make use of the XP endpoint.

Home users and companies that continue to wait to migrate to Windows 7 or 8.1 will face long-term security issues that open the door to an increased number of security vulnerabilities. However, there are companies that understand a small amount of users will continue to procrastinate before migrating, and want to offer added layers of security.

Although XP has proven to be a very reliable and effective OS over the years, Windows 7 and 8.1 both are significantly more secure. Also, software support - which OEMs have continually discontinued recently - will largely disappear following the April 8 deadline.


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