Avnet Embedded has announced a new opinion paper warning that the only viable option for businesses is to rapidly migrate off Windows XP.
The warning comes in the wake of Microsoft’s plans to withdraw support for the operating system next month.
According to the paper Microsoft's withdrawal of support will expose XP businesses to unacceptable security and operational risks, saying that migration to a different operating system is unavoidable and imperative.
“Businesses using and building XP devices need to understand that migration is genuinely the only salvation now,” said Avnet Embedded software director Nick Donaldson.
“Paying through the nose for extended support will cost businesses many times what migration will. But businesses also need help understanding what their migration options are, and the industry has fallen down badly in its failure to communicate this, sticking too readily to Windows 7 and 8 hype.”