Jason Yelton

Familiarity is the enemy of progress. Why get something new if what you have still meets your needs? That is the thinking among some Windows XP users who are resisting a migration to Windows 7 or 8. The problem is on April 8 Microsoft officially pulled the plug on supporting the 13-year-old operating system. This means Microsoft, which stopped selling XP in 2008, is no longer sending out security patches for XP. And that should be a major concern for any XP user. According to estimates, XP users remain a sizeable group, with as many as 500 million still latching on to their XP-loaded machines. Nearly one-third of all OS users – an estimated 28 percent – still rely on XP for their computing needs. Those users should be worried. Because Microsoft no longer sends out security patches, the potential for a security breach is high. Patches address software vulnerabilities as they are discovered. Wily cyber criminals constantly look for new vulnerabilities that let them sneak into systems and networks to steal private user data and intellectual property. In recent years, cyber espionage has become a major concern for companies that have trade secrets to protect. Security breaches can be devastating. They can cost millions of dollars in remediation, ruin a company’s reputation, invite lawsuits, and incur stiff penalties from regulatory agencies. Companies operating in the U.S. are subjected to a veritable...

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Channel partners generate 85 percent of Lenovo’s business. We understand that to continue growing our business, we have to make every effort to help you grow yours. And to accomplish that, ongoing communication between Lenovo and our partners is a must. That’s why we are launching Lenovo Partner Network North America LinkedIn Group, and we invite you to become active participants. Our goal is to create a forum for a free exchange of ideas about topics directly pertaining to Lenovo and to industry news and trends. We will use the forum to share our thinking on Lenovo products and strategies, and solicit your feedback and suggestions. We want to hear from you. By telling us what’s on your mind, you can help us provide you with the support you need to close more deals and find new customers. We want to know what challenges you face and opportunities you see. Over time, we hope the content you read here, the information you share, and the connections you make will help you achieve – even exceed – your business goals. Once you join the group, you can share articles, post and answer questions, and give us feedback. In our most recent financial quarter, Lenovo achieved the No. 1 position in the PC market, thanks primarily to a 30 percent increase in sales through our channel partners. It was the 17th...

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