A few months back Microsoft made a request on its official site for all of the companies using the older versions of OS to upgrade to Windows 7.Now a new post on the official Windows blog mentions both, the celebration of Windows XP on the eve of its 10th anniversary while at the same time asking businesses once again to strongly consider updating to the Windows 7 operating system.
The post, written by Microsoft’s Rich Reynolds, appreciates Windows XP for its many features which are now standard for anyone who wants to get work done on a PC. He states, “Windows XP offered a new user interface that helped people more easily find what they needed. One of the most notable advances was it democratized digital photography. Windows XP made it easy to get images from digital cameras, manage and print pictures from your PC, with broad support for a range of cameras and photo printers. Wireless also became the given with built-in support; plug and play became the standard. It was a great OS for its time.”
For businesses reluctant to take a leap,he lists out the benefits of making the switch by saying,
We have a wide variety of resources and tools that to make your migration smooth:
- The Springboard Series on TechNet includes a lot of great in-depth advice to help you with your deployments.
- Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) is also very helpful to accelerate your deployments.
- The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) products that we launched in August. Includes Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) to simplify BitLocker Drive Encryption provisioning and provides compliance reporting that can help you quickly determine the status of the entire organization.
You might also want to consider Windows Intune for PC management and security via the cloud, plus upgrade rights to Windows 7 Enterprise. This is a great solution for companies that have groups of lightly managed or non-managed PCs. Next week we’ll make the next release of Windows Intune available, which includes new features like software distribution.
So, now is the time to accelerate your Windows 7 Enterprise deployments and consider an Office 2010 deployment at the same time. Moving to Windows 7 and Office 2010 will make your employees more productive and secure today and will get you ready for the future.
He also adds,“With support for Windows XP ending in April 2014, we believe it would be dangerous for organizations now running XP to attempt to skip Windows 7 and move directly to Windows 8.” He goes on to recommend: “Organizations running Windows XP and working on Windows 7 migrations: Continue as planned; do not switch to Windows 8.”