As many of you may know, Microsoft has done some Spring cleaning of their own as they killed off all support for the long-running Windows XP OS. Anyone who still uses it after the end support date of April 8 is in risk of getting security threats. However, a big issue is the number of businesses that still rely on XP to get by. So how do you get those folks to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 to ensure their data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands?
First, let’s take a look at why XP is still preferred by many users all across the world. There has to be a reason why more Windows users are on XP than Windows 8. You can say that people are uncomfortable with change. One can also argue that Microsoft may not have done a great job in promoting Windows 8 to the public. There are also some folks who would love to get a new computer, but can’t afford to get one. For example, some schools in the NYC public school system still run on Windows XP. This hurts students who will grow up with Windows 8-based platforms to a certain degree. Some businesses may need XP because the latest versions of Windows don’t support a certain program they use to keep their business going. Another reason why XP still sticks is because of web-based applications like Google Drive that can keep businesses afloat without upgrading their hardware.
Let’s not understate the impact of Windows XP over the past 12 years, but the fact that people don’t easily embrace change unless something hits them hard is concerning. However, if there seems to be one constant in life, it’s change. Change may not come right away, but it grows over time. How do you get businesses to learn how to embrace change to stay relevant? For starters, you can make it easy for people to change. Microsoft has been criticized for not catering to their audiences despite having the overwhelming majority of the market for OS users. Their customer support has to be at the top of their game to make the migration process smooth and painless. Isn’t this the main reason why there were significant changes made in the Microsoft front office?
Windows Vista may not have been popular, but Windows 7 is considered a great substitute for XP. There’s an “XP Mode” in 7 that users may find enticing. As much as Microsoft is pushing Windows 8/8.1 to the forefront, Windows 7 is the next best step for XP users. Microsoft should provide a variety of Windows 7 resources for the soon-to-be user base that will struggle to change. The Windows 8/8.1 UI can be intimidating (and the biggest complaint of many users), so why not start off with an OS that’s more popular than the latest version? While there are amazing resources created by end-users on the ins-and-outs of using Windows, it’s reassuring if the official company behind the OS addresses customers directly and throws their support for the Windows 7 user community.
That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t continue to do our part as well. Change is never easy and no one should be left alone to process it if they can’t keep up.
If you’re wondering about how to migrate from XP to a more current version of Windows, you can get a head start by viewing our webinar, “Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8/8.1.”
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