According to Microsoft, Windows XP SP3 support and Office 2003 support will end as of April 8th, 2014. The Support Lifecycle policy Microsoft issued back in 2002 allowed those utilizing Windows and Office products to receive a least 10 years of support at that supported services pack level (SP3). Now that the 10 year period is ending, Microsoft is ending it's support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003.
What This Means to Your Business
In a nutshell, this means greater compliance and security risks, increasing absence of harware manufacturer support, lack of software vendor support, and a critical decrease in staff productivity. Here's what will happen come April 8th, 2014:
- no updates for online technical content
- no updates for security
- no assisted support options (whether paid or free)
- no non-security hotfixes
What You Can Do About It
You should start developing an action plan to migrate to more current versions of Windows and Office now. If you're currently utilizing Windows XP and Office 2003, your support on these items (or your IT provider's support) will only last until April 8th of next year. A year may seem like a long time, but managing migrations to newer versions of Windows may take several months.
Now is the time to speak with your IT manager, CIO or IT support provider about your options and develop a solid plan of attack. More specifically, one that will have you up and running on Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows 8 (Blue) long before the end date of support in order to mitigate against any potential complications which have the potential to present themselves.
If you're a Los Angeles area business and are not sure how to handle this migration or don't have the resources, contact us today and we'll be happy to help.
To learn more about the expiration of Windows XP and Office 2003 support, visit the Microsoft website directly by clicking here.