By Peter K. Han, Microsoft Vice President of US OEM
A few months ago, I spoke about how Windows 8.1 was enabling all new form factors, and highlighted how much the workplace has changed in the past decade. I’m still amazed at how workers are connecting, collaborating, and completing their everyday tasks in today’s modern job market. This is especially evident when I speak with business owners and our OEM partners about how the operating system is managing this new work style.
If you’re a Microsoft partner, or an engaged business owner, it’s no surprise to you that Microsoft is ending its support for Windows XP on April 8. The topic has dominated technology and business publications over the past few months, and I’m not here to repeat what you already know. Instead, I’d like to focus on the real potential I’ve seen from saying goodbye to one of my favorite versions of Windows.
Windows XP was a game changer when it came out, a truly modern operating system that enabled new opportunities for businesses and helped users really discover the potential of Windows—12 years ago. A lot has changed over a dozen years. Smartphones were born and now account for more than 50 percent of cell phones, Pluto lost its status as a planet, devices were increasingly communicating wirelessly, and I became a father. And just as I have changed my behaviors as a new father, consumers have changed their behaviors with the changing technology landscape.
Here are a few ways your business could benefit from the modern Windows 8.1 operating system:
Just as at home on a tablet as a desktop, Windows 8.1 was designed to maximize the new mobile and touch-focused computing world. Providing employees with the ability to work wherever, whenever and however, which just isn’t possible with Windows XP.
Wide spread use of the internet was still in its early years under Windows XP, as hackers and cyber criminals have become more advanced, new technologies and hardware focused around protecting your business have been developed. Windows 8.1 Pro is specially designed to take advantage of these new capabilities.
Whether it’s an unforeseen disaster, an unexpected call from a client while you’re out of the office, or a dead battery—Windows 8.1 Pro enables users to create a Remote Desktop Connection to your PC for connection from anywhere on any PC. Businesses can further enhance their remote capabilities through Office 365, our cloud-based Microsoft Office suite.
Windows 8.1 is designed for speed and productivity. With a faster boot time, improved search and multi-tasking capabilities, cloud-based integration and enhanced multi-monitor support, your employees will find it easier to complete their daily tasks; while upgraded device management capabilities will have your IT administrator singing your praises.
Change is not always easy, but upgrading to a modern operating system will ensure your business is best prepared for the changing landscape of how business is done in today’s digital world. Microsoft and our OEM partners want to help make this transition as painless as possible, it’s why we’re working with our partners to off up to 20% off an upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro, and why OEM partners including Dell, HP, and Lenovo are all offering deals to help you upgrade your existing equipment.
The business world is changing, and upgrading from Windows XP will ensure your business is prepared for the workplace of tomorrow, and today. Have you found new opportunities by upgrading from Windows XP? Follow me on Twitter @PeterHanMSFT and share your insights and experiences.