Thursday, August 01, 2013

Windows XP End of Life: Brings Consultants and Small Businesses Together

I got a very cool memo today from Harry B over at SMB Nation. They are launching a "co-op" type program to help YOU make more money in the next year.

The new site - - is a place for small businesses to look for computer consultants to help them move off of WindowsXP. It's also a place where YOU can register as a consultant to connect with those businesses.

As you know, Microsoft announced that after April 8, 2014, it will no longer support Windows XP, Office 2003, Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Small Business Server 2003 (SBS). As a result, small businesses who ignore this deadline will be on their own come April 9, with no support and service for these now obsolete operating systems.

I've posted the press release below. Also see the news coverage from Redmond Magazine.

I happen to know something about the funding of this project (NDA for now). So let me assure you that this program has a lot of support from some very big players. Trust me: You want to be part of this!

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For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Harry Brelsford
Founder and Chairman
SMB Nation
206-201-2943 x103 Aims to Assist SMBs with Windows XP Device Upgrades
New co-op community of talented expert certified Geeks is dedicated to upgrading Windows XP devices prior to April 8, 2014 end-of-life deadline.

Bainbridge Island, WA – August 1, 2013 –, a new co-op community of talented expert certified SMB IT Pros (“Geeks”), was launched today for the purpose of assisting small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) with upgrading away from Windows XP prior to the April 8, 2014 end-of-life deadline.

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that after April 8, 2014, it will no longer support Windows XP, Office 2003, Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003 and Windows Small Business Server 2003 (SBS). As a result, SMBs who ignore this deadline will therefore be on their own come April 9, with no support and service for these now obsolete operating systems. However, help is on the way, with, which is designed to assist SMBs with upgrading from Windows XP to
the Windows 7/8/8.1 family. is comprised of Certified Windows XP Migration Experts (CME) who come from the valued SMB Nation community, all of whom are trained professionals that are equipped to perform your upgrade away from Windows XP with minimal disruptions to your business life. The following seven steps below outline the steps involved to performing the Windows XP migration process:

1.)    Hire Once we define your business and technology needs to migrate from Windows XP, we create a job in our proprietary system and assign local talent to perform the work. 
2.)    Arrival and Assessment: The Certified Windows XP Migration Expert (CME) arranges with our office and you to arrive at your site to conduct an in-person technology and business assessment to create the final statement of work for your project.
3.)    Approval: You review the assessment report and approve the migration plan.
4.)    Procurement: All necessary new hardware and software is ordered to successfully complete the Windows XP migration.
5.)    Performance: The migration work is successfully completed! 
6.)    Acceptance: The final project checklist and survey is completed and approved.
7.)     Satisfaction: And you the customer have “gone to modern” with

XP Migrations is also holding a series of education events across the U.S .starting August 2013. Attendees will discover why migration away from Windows XP before April 8, 2014 is so important when it comes to operating their SMB. The events will feature expert trainers who are highly experienced thought leaders, all of whom have expertise and background within Microsoft and Windows Operating Systems. The event series will occur on the dates listed below in the corresponding cities:

  • Auburn, WA: September 4, 2013
  • Seattle, WA: September 5, 2013
  • Bellevue, WA: September 6, 2013
  • New York City: September 12, 2013
  • Chicago, IL: September 13, 2013
  • Houston, TX: September 17, 2013
  • Austin/San Antonio, TX: September 18, 2013
  • Los Angeles, CA: September 24, 2013
  • Irvine, CA: September 25, 2013
  • San Diego, CA: September 26, 2013 will also be hosting a series of online Web Seminars on the following dates and times below:

  • August 14, 2013 at 10AM PDT
  • August 28, 2013 at 8AM PDT
“XPMigrations was created as a co-op community for today’s SMBs to be able to easily, quickly and affordably make the upgrade from Windows XP to an updated operating systems in time for the fast-approaching April 8, 2014 deadline,” said SMB thought leader and author Harry Brelsford, who also serves and Founder and Chairman of SMB Nation. “I am very adamant about telling SMBs that if they ignore the April 8 deadline, come next year, they will be faced with a literal Windows XP ‘zombies’ that will attack their PC starting the next day. I can’t express how important it is to make this upgrade prior to April 8. If you choose to ignore this message, then you run the risk of interruptions within your business, or worse, the possibility of permanent downtime.”

“Don’t overlook the increased productivity from upgrading to the new technology and away from Windows XP,” said Jay Weiss of Computer HMO in Los Angeles, CA and the first person to register to provide services via “Buying a new device, such as a laptop, tablet or desktop, is the only way to run away from XP!”

XPMigrations co-op members will also be excited to know they receive Xpoints for each dollar spent or earned. Xpoints can be redeemed for geek gadgets, merchandise and conference passes.

To learn more about XPMigrations, and to have one of our representatives contact you with more information, go to is a co-op community of talented expert certified Geeks dedicated to upgrading your Windows XP devices. We’re 40,000 strong and able to serve any region in the U.S. and Canada to help you get to a more modern technology environment that is more productive, more secure and more fun! As specialists, we know what to do and how to do it! For more information, visit

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