It’s no secret that too many health organisations are lagging behind the curve when it comes to upgrading their systems from Windows XP to a modern operating system like Windows 8.1. But with Windows XP support ending on April 8, 2014, making the change has never been more important -- or easier.
Still, there’s a lot of misinformation floating around about the benefits and challenges of migrating to a new operating system. So let’s clear up 3 of the biggest myths that change advocates at health organisations face when making the case for upgrading.
The world is changing. Employees are approaching work in new ways and they need new equipment to do their best work. And quite simply, most of today’s equipment just isn’t compatible with Windows XP. In fact, even if you could get Windows XP to run on a Windows 8 machine, you won’t automatically have the right to downgrade to Windows XP. While the road to a modern system is challenging, there’s little doubt that long-term benefits will make it all worthwhile in the years to come.
What upgrade challenges is your organisation facing? Share your thoughts in the comments.
None of the above are reasons why NHS organisations (on the whole) won't be moving to Windows 8, the real issue is compatibility with national applications that require earlier versions of IE to run.
Hi Mark -- Depending on an organisations' needs, moving to Windows 7 can be a great intermediary step that balances the advantages of continued support with a greater range of app compatibility.