We’ve received numerous calls from clients lately who are the recipients of new hardware at their office.  Whether it is Windows Server 2016 or Windows 10 workstations, the reaction is the same: a belated realization that old software doesn’t always work with new hardware.

Curiously, the typical reaction among our clients is not to blame the new hardware, but the old versions of programs which, in some cases, have been used in firms for 15+ years.  We were particularly amused when an indignant client stated he had an alarm clock that was that old.  That may be fine for alarm clocks, but not for software programs.

Let’s be clear:  Software programs that were written before the creation of the latest operating systems cannot be expected to run on them.  This is particularly true of the Windows 10 operating system, which seems to be a new creation in many respects without even a nod to backwards compatibility.

Therefore, if you or your organization is considering replacing or upgrading computer hardware, do your homework first and find out what versions of your software programs will work with the new workstations and/or servers.  If your present software is not compatible, then your organization will need to take the cost of upgrading those programs into consideration.  If that is not feasible, then consider getting new hardware with the same operating systems as other workstations that are in your network environment.

If you are getting a workstation with Windows 10, here are the supported versions of programs we support:

IF YOU USE…

YOU NEED…

Amicus Attorney Small Firm & Premium Version 2015 and higher
PCLaw “Limited Support” for Version 14.
Upcoming Version 15 will be supported with
latest download of .NET framework
QuickBooks Desktop Edition The latest version (Version 2016) states
it is supported
in Windows 8 and 8.1
Sage 50 Accounting Version 2016 and higher
Time Matters/Billing Matters Version 14 and higher
Timeslips Version 2016  and higher; or Timeslips Premium
Worldox GX4 and higher

Adding computers or workstations with a new and different operating system is like “pouring new wine into old wineskins”. Be sure to properly prepare for new technology and include the possibility that you will need to upgrade your software in your plans.  You invested in your programs – make sure you continue to get the most from them.

Our team at Crosspointe Consulting Group can advise you on whether you need to upgrade your software and how new hardware and operating systems can affect your present configuration.  Include us in your planning process!
Contact us at 877-357-0555 or send an email to your representative at their individual address or at info@crosspointecg.com.

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