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Windows XP End Of Life.. Plan today

Since April 2009, Windows XP SP2 has been in the extended support stage, this means support not a freebie any more and only includes security updates and patches. Next July, XP SP3 will enter extended support as well. ALL support for Windows XP SP2 and SP3 will end in April 2014. At that point and time SinXP will be a HUGE target... Here's another issue.... (Which will make XP unaffordable compared to Win7 Pro or Enterprise) The ability to buy Windows XP machines will be forever altered fter this week.... Once Microsoft releases SP1 for Win7,, OEM licenses bundled with every PC will no longer have downgrade rights to XP. This means that to deploy Windows XP on a new PC, companies will have to purchase volume license copies of Windows along with the new PCs or use existing, volume licenses. In other words.. It won't be worth it.... Enterprise deployment is easy w/ the MLS tools for IT pros, but my professional reccomendation would be to upgrade the IT Dept PCs.. (give your guys and gals a good head start) and with the lifecycle of 3 years for a business workstation (typical) Plan on replacing each box prior to 2014 with Win7.. Starting with that OS today if you have any workstations that need to be replaced...

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