Less than a year before the plug is pulled on Windows XP and Office 2003

Windows XP and Office 2003 will reach the end of it’s support life on April 8, 2014

Microsoft has a Support Lifecycle policy that provides a level of predictability around support for Microsoft products and allows businesses to plan their application upgrade path. Products such as the Windows and the Office range, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support) and this is about to end.

What does it mean for Windows XP (which was launched in 2001) and Office 2003 users? Although your PC running XP will not suddenly stop, there are real consequences and risks for your business.

When support ends it means there will be no new security updates or fixes.

There will be no support or online content released to solve technical issues. Your system will not be secure so you run the risk your network being compromised and your data stolen or damaged. In some industries, there may be non-compliance issues if you are required to protect customer data.

Increasingly you will experience compatibility issues with your Windows/Office software and other, newer applications you need to run your business including anti-virus software.

If you do experience issues, you will struggle to find a software or hardware vendor who will be able to resolve the issue for you. Many software providers will cease support for anyone running their software on Windows XP.

Now is the time to review your software and get current with Windows and Office. Moving to Windows 7 or 8 will set up your business to be ready for future technology solutions.

You don’t want the additional cost and productivity hit of migrating under pressure because of an issue or discovered vulnerability. Although there is a financial cost to migrating, regular reviews of your technology investments and an assessment on their return to the business should be part of your financial management.

And there are benefits that go beyond getting up to date support. Technology has…

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