As Microsoft has reminded businesses, and the world at large, for the past year or so, its official support for Windows XP will finally end on April 8, 2014. Yet many large businesses have yet to upgrade their PCs from Windows XP to Windows 7. With the launch of Windows 8 less than a week away, Microsoft now has some advice for businesses looking to make the big push to upgrade their many Windows PCs.
In a new post on the official Windows Business blog, Microsoft states that for organizations that are currently in the middle of their transition from Windows XP to Windows 7, they should continue those efforts. It adds, "Taking advantage of the high compatibility between Windows 8 and Windows 7, we recommend customers identify employees and user groups that can benefit most from Windows 8’s capabilities and deploy Windows 8 for those people, alongside Windows 7."
For businesses that have yet to upgrade from Windows XP, or are in the early stages of their Windows XP-to-7 transition, Microsoft says, "For some, moving their full company to Windows 8 will be the best choice, and for others it may be migrating first to Windows 7. Still, for many, it will be deploying Windows 8 side-by-side with Windows7 for key scenarios, such as Windows 8 tablets for mobile users."
If a large business is now using Windows 7 full time, Microsoft says they should begin evaluating Windows 8 installations " ... for a side-by-side adoption with Windows 7 for key business scenarios." Finally, for users that still have Windows Vista, Microsoft recommends starting a transition to Windows 8, bypassing Windows 7.
Source: Windows Business blog | Image via Dell