Seven reasons to retire Windows XP and upgrade to Windows 7

Recently we wrote about an IDC paper that explained why continuing to support Windows XP is a bad business decision (for a start, costs tend to soar when older products are used beyond their intended lifecycle).  Continuing that theme, here we round up the key reasons why upgrading to Windows 7 makes business sense.  1….


IE6 Migration Roadshows: various dates in Feb, Mar, April

With support for Windows XP coming to an end on 8 April 2014, and IE6 standing in so many people’s way of migration, what better time to start taking the leap to a more modern browser? Problem applications are all too often the blocker, so Microsoft has teamed up with Camwood, Citrix Systems and Quest…


End of support for Microsoft Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003

Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Office 2003 will be reaching end of support in April 2014. We want to help you avoid the risk of running an unsupported version of Windows and Office, and to assist with your IT planning for 2012. What is the situation and potential risk? Windows XP SP3 and Office…


Is your reluctance to deploy Windows 7 a ticking time bomb?

Mike Halsey is a Microsoft Valued Professional (MVP) and the author of “Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out” from Microsoft Press.  You can keep up to date with him on Facebook and Twitter. The traditional reasons why businesses don’t upgrade from one version of Windows to another are changing.  Before, it’s mostly been focused around security,…


Windows XP – the 1,000 day goodbye

Guest post from Intel’s IT Galaxy blog There’s a good chance if you’re reading this blogpost on a PC that you’re using Windows XP. In fact, despite the success of Windows 7, according to Microsoft more than 2/3 of all Windows PCs are still running XP. If you’re using a business PC then, according to…


Upcoming end of support announcement: Windows Vista SP1

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) will reach the end of support on July 12, 2011. From that date onward, Microsoft will no longer provide support or free security updates for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1). In order to stay secure and continue support you must upgrade to Service Pack 2 (SP2). Products no…


Windows 7 Business Insights: Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7

The majority of companies not yet on Windows 7 are migrating from Windows XP, and the deployment process and support available to do this is a hot topic. Extended support is now being offered for Windows XP SP2 (and support for Windows XP SP3 is ending in 2014) so keeping ahead with your IT infrastructure…


Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

Guest Post Rachel Collier. Ok, deep breath – long sentence coming up… This free, yes, free 400+ page ebook Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions: From the Desktop to the Datacenter, 2nd Edition is the book for IT professionals who want to learn more about the latest Microsoft virtualization technologies, including Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services in…