As cloud apps ditch Windows XP and Vista, its time to upgrade. Google is the latest company to remove its cloud storage service system from PCs running Windows XP and Vista, to improve security for the Google Drive service. It is yet another encouraging nudge to get holdouts on older PCs to upgrade to Windows 7 or Windows 10.
Businesses still using these ancient operating systems are open to threats and security breaches, and the owners of modern cloud services don't want data sent to their cloud stores at risk of compromise. Google follows the Dropbox service in ceasing to support older operating systems and the change takes effect on January 1st, 2017. If you have data that you access on a PC or network using an old OS, now would be a good time to store it locally and look for alternative storage.
However, if you are still using older versions of Windows, now would be an even better time to consider an office-wide upgrade or even an update to new PCs. That's because these systems will be seriously out of date and likely to be approaching a component failure that could cause even more trouble for your office and business.
With the recent release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, Microsoft's latest OS is now considered a mature and sound investment for any business environment, from the smallest to the largest. The company has taken on board early criticism and made it friendlier for office workers to use. Also, a recent generational change in PC hardware means that year-old notebook and desktop PCs are being reduced as stores make way for the new model Intel Kaby Lake-powered systems.
That's reason enough to go shopping, but you should act quickly as the weakness of Pound is likely to push PC prices up.
When upgrading to Windows 10, users and businesses can benefit from easy access to Microsoft's Office 365 and cloud storage, which makes it easier for a company to encourage remote or mobile working and to ensure documents remain up to date, no matter how many people are accessing them. We can help your business set up an Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Azure or other cloud service to help improve your company's efficiency. Get in touch today to benefit from our expert advice.