The rumours are true -- support for Windows XP ends in less than 3 months. After that, there won’t be any more patches or security updates. And your Windows XP PC will never be the same.

It’s time to get modern with a new operating system like Windows 8.1 or Windows 7. Of course, if you work in a large office, chances are that three months isn’t enough time to deploy a new OS across the entire organisation. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that there’s no use in upgrading if you can’t make the April 8 deadline. When you’re dealing with security threats that antivirus software alone can’t cope with, every day makes a difference. The sooner you get started on the path to a new OS, the sooner you can certain your system is secure. To learn more about security requirements for public sector devices and compare modern platforms, consult the CESG device guidance.

So how do you get started? Many offices worry about app compatibility. But when offices make the switch, they tend to find that most of the apps on their system aren’t necessary -- and that important programs are all supported on modern platforms. There are plenty of local Microsoft partner organisations who can help organisations sort out their application compatibility issues.

Learn more about the upgrade path to a modern OS -- and you might find that the upgrade process isn’t nearly as difficult or expensive as you think.

What’s more, you’ll see that not only will your new OS be secure and run the apps your office needs, but it will also boot faster and run smoother, creating a more productive office in the bargain. Don’t think of the end of support as a train leaving the station; think of it as a milestone on the path to a better work environment.

Learn more about the end of Windows XP support and what it means for your office.