Today, Tuesday April 8, 2014, we bid farewell to an old OS, Windows XP.  Today, Microsoft abandons all support of the aged Windows XP OS.  Users who continue to use Windows XP will place themselves and their organizations at increasingly grave risk, not to mention all of the ongoing efficiency lags.

I am afraid I do not have much sympathy for anyone who is whining about today’s date with destiny.  They have known it was on the calendar for at least a year or two now.  The smarter approach is to make the changes you need to make to ensure your IT systems will be safe, secure, and efficient.

Upgrading to a new OS or investing in a new PC will of course allow you to dodge the security dangers associated with Microsoft’s lack of support.  Additionally, it will render your PC productivity immensely faster, slicker, and easier.  As usual, by the time you jump five to ten years forward in your IT equipment and software, you are not even in the same league anymore.  These are the kinds of investments you should want to make.

There is a time and a place for nostalgia.  This is not one of them.  Hey, you wouldn’t want to go back to DOS, would you?  (If you have to ask what DOS is, then the answer is probably no.  If you know what DOS is, then the answer is definitely no.)

Farewell, Windows XP, farewell!

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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