The end of life is very near for Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system as well as their older Office 2003 suite of productivity products. As the 2013 year ends and we get closer to the April 8th, 2014 cut off date, there are some important facts that you should be aware of.
The below information was provided to LANPRO by the Microsoft Support Channel so that we may forward on to all of our new and existing clientele who still might be running one or both of the above mentioned products.
Why is Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003?
In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.
Thus, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.
What does end of support mean to our customers?
Simply put, 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.
- Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: A recent industry report from Gartner Research suggests “many independent software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP in 2011; in 2012, it will become common.” And it may stifle access to hardware innovation: Gartner Research further notes that in 2012, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.
Get current with Windows and Office. This option has upside well beyond keeping you supported. It offers more flexibility to empower employees to be more productive, while increasing operational efficiency through improved PC security and management. It also enables your organization to take advantage of latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud.
How do I begin my migration?
That’s where LANPRO comes in. In most cases, due to the overall age of the hardware, it just makes more financial since to purchase a new system. In other scenarios, a little memory (RAM) upgrade and the Windows 7 upgrade will do the trick. There are a few utilities we use here at LANPRO in determing the upgradeability of a computing device and that will easily tell us whether or not your computer(s) can actually handle the required upgrade. Please contact the LANPRO Sales Team for any questions, concerns, or inquiries you might have with respect to any existing Windows XP or Office 2003 instances you currently have running in your IT infrastructure.
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