Orange Technology talks about the impending end for Windows XP

Whitehorse – November 4th, 2013

Orange Technology, Yukon’s fastest growing IT solutions provider, discusses the impending end of the Windows XP operating system.

“Windows XP was a real step forward in the technology industry. Up until then, mainstream computer operating systems for desktops and laptops were buggy and not very reliable,” explains Martin Lehner, senior network design engineer for Orange. “When Windows XP showed up, that’s when business and organizational computing really took off. The advancements in stability, reliability and networking were profound.”

“The success of the Windows XP operating system is easily seen” says Martin Lawrie, Vice President of technical services at Orange. “Windows XP was first released on October 25, 2001. Over 12 years later, there are still over an estimated 500 million PCs worldwide still running Windows XP, and on April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will cease to provide any new security, software or bug patches for it. This presents a huge challenge for any business or organization still utilizing this operating system.”

“Most people don’t keep their car for that long” says Lehner. “Yet, when a computer is working, no one thinks about updating to the newest operating system version. Over the past 12 months, we’ve had several new clients that we’ve brought on who were exclusively running Windows XP on all their workstations. While the date of April 8th, 2014 doesn’t by any means indicate that any computers running XP will just stop working, it does signal that an upgrade path must be laid out and planned for. When businesses and organizations have 3, 5, 10 or 20+ workstations, upgrading costs can add up.”

One way that Orange Technology is helping address those costs is through their newly developed leasing program. “When capital costs are the biggest road block, we have solutions that can fit any client’s needs,” explains Lawrie. “We listened to our clients, listened to what was preventing them from taking the initiative and upgrading, and we developed solutions around that.”

There will be an estimated 1.63 billion PCs deployed by the end of 2013.

For additional information, contact Orange Technology at 867-332-5555, or e-mail