When Microsoft launched Windows XP at the turn of the millennium, no one was sure what to expect. Would the operating system become a mega-hit like Windows 98 or would it disappoint customers the way Windows Me did? Now over a decade since its launch, Windows XP is widely considered one of the best operating system versions to ever hit store shelves. Companies around the globe are still running the operating system, even though two successors have launched. But the time has come for every company to finally cut the cord and ditch Windows XP. Yes, it's a fine operating system that supports all your accessories and applications, but it's really past its prime. And with an outdated design that many employees find tedious at this point as sleeker, easier to use competitors hit the market, it's about time you ditch XP in favor of another operating system, such as Windows 7 or even Mac OS X Lion, that can deliver all the features you need - rather than settling for having only some of them. Flip through the following slides to find out why Windows XP, after a long tenure in your office, needs to go.
As a CIO, you need to think about the competitive landscape and what your company's chief counterparts will do next. They're likely thinking about deploying a new OS in their operation because of all the benefits new software offers over XP. The last thing you want to do is give them an advantage. And sticking with XP is doing just that.
This article was originally published on 11-15-2011