Google is among the latest of companies to discontinue support for Microsoft Windows XP and Vista operating systems. Microsoft stopped offering updates to these older operating systems some time ago. In the coming months, you can expect other companies to also announce they will no longer provide updates for legacy operating systems and related software applications.
If you have been slow to adapt and upgrade to the latest operating system from Windows or switch to Apple’s OS, you need to do so soon. With no more updates being released, it means potential vulnerabilities in the old operating systems can be exploited – fundamentally leaving your computer open to increased hacking risks.
Even worse, if the computer still running XP or Vista is connected to a network or Cloud-based environment, you could essentially being providing access to all of your company’s files if you are the victim of a hacker. Unfortunately, for some companies, the reason for still using a legacy operating system stems from incompatibilities with current operating systems.
They might have specialized software developed for a particular legacy OS and the changes in the latest Windows OS causes the software to not work correctly. As such, the company figures it is less expensive to keep using the older OS instead of the development costs to redesign the software to work with the new OS. However, with the increased risks of hacking, it is better for you to take control of upgrading legacy software, rather than putting all of your company’s data at risk.
While you are working on redesigning your software app to work in Window’s latest OS or on a Mac-based system, you need to make sure the legacy app is taken offline and cannot be accessed by computers or work stations connected to the Internet. Sure, this might sound like a real pain and some of the data the system generates might be shared with clients online, but not taking the system offline, is like a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.
There are other work-around solutions once you take the system offline you might want to consider, such as exporting the data onto an external storage device, which then can be plugged into a computer with access to the Internet or Cloud to upload any data you share in online environments.
Another option, if your IT developers are stretched thin is to consider working with a qualified software development firm. When shopping around for one, make sure to find one that has helped other businesses update their legacy software apps and modify them to work with current operating systems.
Once you find a suitable solution, remember you can rent meeting rooms and conference rooms at iQ Office Suites to meet with software developers, as well as provide a quiet work environment for them to concentrate solely on updating legacy apps. To learn more about this service or shared office rentals in Toronto, please feel free to contact us at 416.238.1111 today!