One of the most popular free tools used by enterprises today for large enterprise migration projects is Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT). However, IT personnel declared a clear preference for PCmover Enterprise over free alternatives, including USMT, by a 3 to 1 margin. Enterprises who evaluated Laplink’s product cited its ability to migrate data that other tools missed, as well as the ease to implement customized rule sets and work flow as their reasons for preference.
Windows XP end-of-life is just around the corner, and recent extensions for Microsoft’s antimalware software has users confused. However, extended virus warning doesn’t mean that Windows XP will be safe after the April 8th deadline.
We at Laplink are encouraging all users to move from Windows XP as soon as is practical. For many business users, that means upgrading existing PCs from XP to Windows 7. Luckily, our PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant is the perfect tool to do this, and Laplink will be offering is for free for one day only on February 4.
According to a recent study by Trustworthy Computing, Windows XP systems have a malware infection rate six times higher than Windows 8. And AV-Test, who is in the business of testing security solutions, warns that continuing to use Windows XP after April 8 is a major security risk, especially as time goes on.
Q&A with Laplink’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Jack Wilson:
What’s new with PCsync 6?
Of course the biggest change in PCsync is the ability to connect, transfer, and synchronize files with a Mac. However there have also been many changes to PCsync to allow it to work faster and better than ever before between PCs.
What goes into the development of a product like PCsync?
What’s a typical day like in software development? One of the biggest challenges in developing a software product like PCsync is ensuring the compatibility across the many different connection types (network, USB, and local devices), and the many combination of operating systems. For example, there are 6 versions of Windows 7, plus 32 bit and 64 bit versions. A lot of time was spent determining how best to communicate between the Mac file system and the PC. Modifying PCsync so the USB cables also worked on a Mac was also a challenge. Not too many people realize the amount of testing involved in all that.
Who should buy PCsync?
Since PCsync can be used as both a file transfer and a synchronization product, anyone who is challenged by trying to connect and transfer files between PCs will love PCsync. More and more users are confronted by this as having multiple PCs in the office or household is becoming more common.