It is time to start replacing your old Windows XP PCs. Microsoft will drop support for the XP operating system on April 8, 2014. While this does not mean that your XP PCs will stop working, it does mean that Microsoft will no longer provide security patches or updates for the operating system. It is likely that other vendors will drop support for XP as well. This means that any new accounting or office productivity software you buy will not be certified to run on XP.

Most PCs purchased today by business users are running Windows 7. Although Windows 8 was released in 2012 it has not yet gained popularity with businesses. Microsoft plans to release an update named Windows 8.1 in late 2013. Windows 8.1 might be an attractive option for corporate users.

Introduced in 1991, XP has been a very successful operating system. Even though retail sales of XP ended in 2008, it is still the second most used desktop operating system. It is expected that these old PCs will be quickly retired over the next 24 months.



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