On 8th of April 2014 Microsoft will stop all support for Windows XP including the delivery of security related patches. Any security problems found after this date won’t be fixed.
On the other hand some of our customers are still using Windows XP and there are currently no plans for upgrading the affected PCs with newer Windows versions in the near future. Usually these Windows XP PCs still can be found on ships without an online connection to the Internet, so they may not be affected by any dangers resulting from having the PC connected to the Internet.
As this situation is based on our customer’s company policy, ZeeBORN decided to keep the ZeeBORN solutions as long as possible Windows XP compatible – even after 8th of April 2014. That means: our internal development and QA process will still contain a full compatibility test on Windows XP. But this test will be limited to the latest service pack and system patches made available via the Microsoft Windows Update service.
Based on this decision, all ZeeBORN software will be compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows 2000: the software may still run on Windows 2000 PCs but it’s strictly not recommended by ZeeBORN
- Windows XP (latest Service Pack and security updates required)
- Windows Vista (compatibility actually not tested but assumed by being fully Windows 7 compatible)
- Windows 7 (32bit and 64bit editions): compatibility certified by Microsoft
- Windows 8 (32bit and 64bit editions): compatibility certified by Microsoft
- Windows Server 2003
- Windows Server 2008
- Windows Server 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2012
- Azure Virtual Windows Machines
What about Windows 8?
All ZeeBORN systems are already fully Windows 8 compatible and are also touch aware for being used on Windows 8 tablets. Whenever your company decides to upgrade to Windows 8, our solutions are already prepared for this.
At the current situation we still recommend using at least Windows 7 due to the higher stability and better performance compared to Windows XP (even on older hardware). According to our own experience with Windows 8, Windows 8 brings the best performance and stability compared to Windows XP and Windows 7 – but on the other hand the introduction of the new start menu may cause some confusion to existing users. So for company users Windows 8.1 may be a better solution due to the ability of booting the operating system directly into Desktop mode.