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VB6 Open Source - Not gonna happen

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Jul, 15, 2014 @ 14:07

There's been a strong push by the user community to open-source VB6 in order to ensure a better future for both the language and the developers. In early June, Microsoft officially confirmed that it will not be open-sourcing VB6. We have advice for those of you who are ready to move off of Visual Basic and on to more modern languages and platforms:

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Topics: software development, application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, Visual Basic, Windows XP, VBA, VB6

Anti-virus won't solve your Windows XP end-of-life problems

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Apr, 17, 2014 @ 04:04

Microsoft said they'd end support for Windows XP and they went and did it. A lot of people thought they'd delay it yet again, but this time it's real. No more support. (Unless, of course, you want to pay Microsoft a truly exorbitant amount of money.) Now you're faced with making a decision about what to do with your Windows XP PCs. We've been asked by several customers if using anti-virus software is a solution for the lack of support from Microsoft.  

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Topics: software development, application modernization, application migration, Windows XP, anti-virus

WebMAP2: Getting light with no rewrite

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Apr, 03, 2014 @ 09:04

First of all, this is not about Windows XP.

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Topics: application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic, Microsoft, Windows XP, HTML5, Mobile Application Development

Fast track your move off of Windows XP

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Feb, 18, 2014 @ 16:02

Windows XP is out of support on April 9, 2014. That’s less than 7 weeks away and the clock is ticking.  We know that increasing complexity of business environments, higher operational costs and big data requirements have placed pressure on IT departments to find solutions fast. The last thing you want to worry about is a legacy operating system. If you’re still running Windows XP, chances are good it’s because you’ve got a legacy application that only runs in that environment. You’re probably reluctant to change it because of the cost, time and complexity. 

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Topics: software development, application modernization, application migration, Windows XP

XP end of life poses bigger security threat than thought

Posted by John Browne on Oct, 29, 2013 @ 14:10

If in your natural state of eternal optimism you think the Bad Guys have started to slack off, think again.

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Topics: Windows XP, Windows security, malware

Preparing for XP End of Life - What YOU Need to Know

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Oct, 02, 2013 @ 15:10


Windows XP is out of support April 9, 2014.

  • Last day of support is April 8, 2014
  • There are 189 days from Oct. 1, 2014 to Apr. 8, 2014
  • Including Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day, Saturdays and Sundays.
  • April 9, 2014, will be Day 0 for XP security vulnerability.
  • If you are still running XP on 4/9/14, you may be out of compliance with:
    • HIPAA
    • PCI
    • SOX

What does EOVS mean?

  • End of vendor support:
  • No…
    • Updates
    • Bug fixes
    • Patches
    • Security holes plugged.
    • Ever.
    • Again.

How big a problem is it?

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Topics: software development, application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, Windows XP, HTML5, Mobile Application Development

What you need to know about XP end of life support

Posted by DeeDee Walsh on Sep, 24, 2013 @ 10:09


Time is finally running out for the 500M or more people around the world who still rely on Windows XP. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will leave customers to fend for themselves as it ends all vendor support for XP. There will be no more security patches, bug fixes and free (or even paid) online assistance as the firm ends its extended support. From April 8th 2014, anyone who continues to use Windows XP will be at the mercy of hackers who find fresh ways to exploit vulnerabilities in the 12-year-old operating system and applications that run on it.

Over the years, many developers have built custom software that is business critical, yet runs only on Windows XP machines. Moving off XP before it becomes an open door for hackers means you have to migrate those apps to a contemporary platform. If you need to move your legacy apps to current versions of Windows and .NET, you have some tough decisions to make:

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Topics: application modernization, application migration, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, Visual Basic, Windows XP

Apps and XP End of Support

Posted by John Browne on Aug, 07, 2013 @ 17:08

    

As end of support/end of life for Windows XP looms ever closer, kind of like the asteroid in Armageddon, more and more people are trying to figure out what to do about it. 

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Topics: application modernization, application migration, Windows XP, Windows 8