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Support Ended April 8, 2014


Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th, so it is time to take a look at the computers you are using, and seriously consider getting any of the XP machines upgraded.
There is much discussion regarding the vulnerability of these computers to security risks.  With no security updates being released to respond to attacks on XP computers, they become a sure target for cyber criminals.

Of greatest concern are the businesses collecting credit card payments on XP machines.  With security being integral to PCI compliance, you don’t want to expose yourself to attack in this area.
Scared of Windows 8?!  Windows 8 is a rather dramatic new interface, described by Microsoft as “Beautiful, Fast and Fluid.”  It is geared towards touch-screen use, with a tap-and-swipe interface, much like you see on phones and tablets. But it hasn’t been exactly embraced by all users! If you are already using Windows 8 and could use a few pointers, we found a great article on CNet listing 50 tips for Windows 8.
Be sure to do your research before buying new machines, and if you’re not ready to take the plunge with Windows 8, you should be able to order Windows 7 machines online (they may be tough to find if you’re looking to buy them off the shelf at a retail store).


Make this a priority in the coming months and avoid any preventable crises down the road!