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Which Operating System is best for the Construction Industry?

Beginning April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide technical support for Windows XP.  Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years, but the company plans to invest its resources supporting more recent technologies in the future.  More specifically, Microsoft says, as of April, it will no longer provide assistance for Windows XP, including automatic updates that help protect a PC and Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP, which could leave machines unprotected.

So what works best in the Construction Industry?

When looking at software compatibility with Windows 8.1, some programs worked well on the operating system and some programs did not.   There are pros and cons to a new operating system launch project. One benefit is it will free up IT resources to focus on other strategic IT initiatives and company objectives.  Additionally, tablets and other windows devices will now have the same operating system.

Still, with a launch such as this, training employees on the new operating system took some time and planning. Some things to consider are upgrade the operating system on existing hardware or get the new operating system on new hardware.  Also, consider if existing software will run on 8.1 and if not, will you upgrade, replace, or maintain it on a protected legacy system until a compatible version is available?  Also ensure you test as that is key to ensuring everything works properly.

Everyone is investing in new technologies, construction industry firms will need to update also to stay competitive.


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