Windows XP is still one of the most deployed and used Operating Systems in Microsoft’s history. So popular, that even with 3 replacement OS versions shipped (well maybe 2 since Vista can’t really be counted) XP still runs on almost 30% of desktop and laptop computers with Windows installed. Many enterprises standardized on XP, wrote applications around it and continue to support it. While on the other end, many small businesses and individual users continue to use it, employing the age old adage “If its isn’t broken, don’t fix it!”.
However, for all the XP hold outs, there is some bad news right around the corner. Microsoft will officially stop releasing critical bug fixes for the Operating System on April 8th 2014, just 37 days from now, officially making XP End Of Life. While Microsoft has made this date public for quite a while, it is quickly sneaking up on many users who are forced to weigh their options in the next OS that they must choose. You can read more about this important release here.
Here at Brite, we utilize a mix of Operating Systems, including Windows. We have a handful of Apple MacBook Pro’s, along with some other machines running either Windows 7 or Windows 8. How should our customers go about deciding which version is right for them?
If you have an available touch screen, either on a laptop or a desktop, Windows 8 is probably going to be the right choice. With its Metro UI (user interface) it is very touch friendly and is the newest version available, allowing you to upgrade in the prime of its product lifecycle. If you are a true Windows Expert, and prefer the traditional Start Menu, Windows 7 is your best bet. Still in its update lifecycle, it will be getting updates for security issues for years to come and has been vetted and is trusted by many enterprises all over the globe. Finally, if you would like to make the jump, there is alway an Apple product running their newest version of OSX (pronounced OS TEN) 10.9 Mavericks. While the switch to OSX can take some getting used to, it is fully viable and the preferred OS and hardware of yours truly.
If you have any questions, or need guidance in choosing the correct OS for your business or personal use, feel free to give us a call at 732-703-7878 and we will be happy to help you plan for the future of your computing needs.