As of next April, Microsoft no longer will support Windows XP. And according to a recent HP survey, 40 percent of business users have yet to deploy an alternative to the operating system, which was introduced in 2001. That situation spells potential crisis for organizations worldwide and, as such, HP said this week it’s collaborating with Microsoft to give channel partners the right resources to help move customers to Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Many businesses have been avoiding the XP migration, fearing lack of compatibility and loss of productivity during the transition process,” said Enrique Lores, senior vice president and general manager, commercial PCs, HP.
But, Lores said, one way HP is helping is by providing financing so businesses have less up-front investment to worry about. There are various programs, some of which defer payment for up to 90 days, for example, and others that provide 1 percent cash back on qualifying transactions.
HP also has released touch-enabled business desktops, notebooks and all-in-one devices for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Modern operating systems and capabilities such as touch cut lost productivity costs and increase security, HP said.
For channel partners, HP is offering training tools, migration assistance and specialized bundles through the PartnerONE program.