Planning Ahead For 2010

October 19, 2009

Most people are still using a version of Windows called “Windows XP.” After Windows XP, the next version was “Windows Vista.” Coming out on 10/22/2009 is the newest version of Windows, “Windows 7.” There is nothing wrong with continuing to use Windows XP; there is no need to upgrade…yet. Emerson Technologies recommends that Windows 7 be deployed as you purchase new computers from now on. Once Windows 7 is released, Windows XP will no longer be available for direct purchase. It will still be possible to find Windows XP for use in new computers for some time yet, however it will be significantly more expensive to purchase. Microsoft will gradually be supporting Windows XP less and less.  The gradual transition to Windows 7 is only one aspect to consider when planning for the 2010 budget.
The 3 most recent versions of Microsoft Office are Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007. Another version, Office 2010 will be coming out in 2010. Microsoft only supports the latest 3 versions of Office. This means if you are using Office XP there will no longer be any support or patches – even if security vulnerabilities are discovered.  We would be happy to assist you in planning for any upgrade.

Budget

The recommended lifespan of a desktop is about 3 years. After that, there is a good chance that the hardware will start to have problems. This is not good because it can cause unexpected results that could slow down efficiency or cause unplanned downtime.  If you have any computers that are nearing the 3 to 4 year mark, give us a call and we can make a recommendation for you. Depending on how many computers you have, you can easily spread out your computer replacements over the year to help spread the costs out.  The replacement of older computers will help ensure that there aren’t any issues which could slow things down, and also will help make things work smoother with a newer machine. It is important to realize that computers don’t last forever and need to be replaced and maintained – much like a car.

By planning ahead for 2010 you can be sure that your business is well equipped to perform efficiently.

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