Writeable CDs are today replaced by cloud-based storage solutions like SkyDrive. Connectivity and accessibility once limited to offices is now possible at home, in the car or even on a beach. The newest version of Windows that Microsoft released this fall, Windows 8, reflects this evolution.
Ehab Mostafa, Country Manager, Microsoft Kuwait,said:" Windows 8 is quickly making headway being adopted across the corporate environment in Kuwait. The use of Windows XP is diminishing as corporations and people update their systems to the latest and best software available."
As businesses evaluate their migration path from Windows XP, there are a few key questions to consider:
• What does support look like for the software applications you need for work? As Windows XP goes off into the sunset, many of the applications that were originally written for it will cost extra in support costs -especially as independent software vendors increasingly stop supporting their newer apps running on Windows XP. This is one of the reasons why firms like IDC predict the longer businesses wait to move to Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8, the pricier custom support for Windows XP gets.
• What kinds of form factors do your employees need to be successful? With an ever-increasing lineup of Windows 8 form factors to choose from - from notebooks, tablets and All in Ones that use touch - you can replace older hardware with a newer Windows device that reflects the unique needs of your employees and how they prefer to work today.
• How do you want to manage devices running on your corporate network? Businesses in particular are feeling the most pressure to stay up-to-date, with an increasing need to protect their data and manage all their devices, all while ensuring security and compliance.
Companies such as BT PLC, Emirates Airlines, Seton Hall University and Toyota Racing Development moved from XP to Windows 7 and are now deploying Windows 8 because of how it reflects their needs today.