As XP makes its exit, what’s next for users of the operating system? That is a question that many information technology professionals are asking themselves. The operating system (OS) was originally launched in 2001 and was arguably Windows’ most successful.
By the time of its Service Pack 2 release, around 2004, it had evolved into a relatively stable platform. But on April 8, 2014, support for this OS from Microsoft come to an end. This may be devastating news to many small businesses who use applications that are no longer supported but do not transition to another OS.
Option #1 Upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
As we enter a post-XP world, companies face big IT questions when it comes to what to use for a new OS. What are your options? The next version of Windows is an obvious choice. And there are several choices with this. Windows 7 will be provide the smoothest transition and require the least amount of hardware upgrades. Windows 8, however, is fairly different.
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According to many experts, employees at larger companies who have upgraded to Windows 8 have struggled adapting to this OS, which is designed to work with touch screens. It also will most likely require companies to upgrade to new hardware.
Option #2 Switch to Apple OSX
If you are done with Microsoft and want to make a complete transformation — in with the new, out with the old, as they say — one option is to migrate to Apple’s OS X. Since, with windows, you most likely have to upgrade both hardware and software, a drastic change is not as crazy as it sounds.
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Mac’s OS X is very user-friendly and Apple provides great customer service, especially for small businesses. You can run Windows — even Windows XP — on your Mac, as well.
Option #3 Give Google Chrome a Go
Other options recommended by several online experts are Google’s browser OS. A Chrome-book is a low-cost laptop that runs Google’s Chrome browser. It costs approximately $450. You will have to switch to Google’s document management system such as Google Docs and Google Sheets, which are similar to Microsoft Word and Excel.
They are all managed online with Google Drive. Each of these programs is easy to use, and you can export spreadsheets and documents to Microsoft files for added flexibility. There is even presentation software that allows you to build PowerPoint-style presentations. Another advantage is that everything on Google Drive is available anywhere you can log in to Google.
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Whether you are switching operating systems completely, or upgrading to the latest Windows software, there’s no doubt that the user experience is going to be a big change for you and your employees. Make sure to think about training programs for your company to smoothly make the transition. We recommend iFeeltech IT Services for OS Migration and On-Demand IT Support, visit their website at http://ifeeltech.net to learn more about their IT Solutions. If you have any question please feel free to contact us.