The deadline has arrived: Microsoft will no longer support its Windows XP operating system (OS). That means there will not be any new patches or updates to the OS and as a result, it will be open to attack.

Yet according to figures for March 2014, XP could still be running on nearly 30 per cent of desktops. This is worrying considering the vast implications of continuing to use the outdated OS. Windows XP is now extremely vulnerable, with experts predicting an influx of zero day attacks which target unpatched systems.

What should enterprises be doing?

Now the deadline has arrived, doing nothing is not an option. If XP devices are connected to a network, enterprises should make sure they isolate the machines. That way, even if they are compromised, attackers won't gain easy access to your network.

If you have failed to upgrade in time, or you still have a few machines running XP, Microsoft is extending support for another year and this will cost up to $200 per PC, per month.

Upgrading to Windows 8

However, these measures are just buying time: your only option now is to upgrade. It is said to be the biggest overhaul of Microsoft's operating system yet; and Windows 8 offers features that will make enterprises more productive and efficient. The OS is optimised across devices, allowing users to work whether they are in the office or on the move.

As well as regular updates from Microsoft, Windows 8 also features enterprise-grade security enabled by BitLocker, which enables you to protect and control your data across devices.


Upgrading your systems can be quick and easy. Those using Dell equipment can take advantage of the Windows Migration Fast Forward Service to substantially speed up the process.

And as Windows XP's End of Life arrives today, now is the time to future-proof your business.