Heads-Up on end of support for Windows XP and Office 2003

WinXPOFfice2003Well with the great run that Windows XP has had in being if I’m not mistaken the longest supported Windows Operating System. Windows XP has been a superb version of Microsoft’s Windows franchise, however even thought its still loved by many end users and corporate users, its now a bit long in the cyber-tooth! and support is to end on April 8th 2014.

“It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as:

  • Security & Compliance Risks — Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information”

Microsoft has not been quiet about the end of life (EoL) time-line for Windows XP and Office 2003 as the EoL has already been extended a few years back, so that companies could start their migration to a newer version of Windows or Office so that they could still feel confident in Microsoft still supporting these two with security updates.

So what can you do to get ready for the end of support for these two products, while this information is predominantly aimed at business users, it serves well for home end users also. Below are some links that should help you plan for this date.

End of Support Information also has a link to the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, which can help companies plan a migration.

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