Today I was chatting with someone regarding the end of life of Windows XP. And he said.. well when we get to October when there’s six months left of XP…and I stopped him and said… well no, we have six months of Windows XP left now.
In many businesses, the end of the business year is December. If hardware is not deployed by the end of the year, it’s not good from a tax deduction standpoint, and more importantly it may not be good from the cycle of the business. In many firms such as Accounting firms, there are business cycles where they do upgrades (October 16-December) and cycles of the year they do NO upgrades whatsoever (January through April).
You should be sitting down with your clients right now and ensuring you know how many XP’s they have left, why they are still on XP and if they still have a key need for XP, how you can set up vLans and limitations and keep them off the web come April 2014.