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If your business still uses Windows XP as its operating system, it may be time to look into upgrading to Windows 7. Microsoft has indicated that all support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014.

Windows XP closed out 2011 with 46% of market share, followed by Windows 7 with 37% and Vista with 9%. Even though Windows XP still had the highest market share, it has declined in 2011 as companies migrate to Windows 7. Windows XP just celebrated its 10th anniversary and Microsoft says 10 years is a long time to have the same old technology.

So what will this mean for your business if you’re running Windows XP? To have an operating system that will be supported, it means you will have to upgrade to Windows 7 or even Windows 8 (when it is released). The upgrade will require some time and investment, but Windows 7’s performance outweighs the inconvenience. Plus, Microsoft has built in a Windows XP mode into Windows 7 to help make the transition easier.

Upgrading to Windows 7 has its advantages. Besides being more user-friendly, it can help improve security. The National Security Agency (U.S. government) released a document last April that said, “Both Windows 7 and Vista provide substantial security enhancements over earlier Windows workstation operating systems such as XP.

A survey of tech professionals, conducted by InformationWeek, showed that many businesses are holding out for Windows 8 instead of upgrading to Windows 7, which is being released this year.

If you need help deciding the best course of action for your business, call Prophet Business Group in Winnipeg at 204-982-9890.

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