Support ends for Windows XP and Office 2003

On Tuesday April 8th 2014 Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP and Office 2003.  This is based on the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy that gives customers more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products.  As part of this policy Microsoft products receive a minimum of 10 years support (5 years mainstream and 5 years extended support).

After April 8th, 2014 there will be no new security updates, non- security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.  By running Windows XP SP3 or Office 2003 after the end of support date may potentially put your company as risk, such as:

  • Lack of software vendor and hardware manufacturer support:  Most vendors are unlikely to still support Windows XP systems and it also may stifle access to newer hardware innovations.
  • Security & Compliance risk:  Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks.  This may result in an officially recognised control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/ or public notification of the organisation’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.

Get current with Windows and Office: Using the latest versions go well beyond keeping you supported.  It offers more flexibility to empower employees to be more productive, while increasing efficiency through improved PC security and management.  It also enables your organisation to take advantage of the latest technology trends such as virtualizations and the cloud.
Enterprise Customers: Microsoft offers large organisations in-depth technical resources, tools and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of windows, office and internet explorer products and technologies.
Small to Medium business: There are many options for small and medium businesses considering moving to a modern PC with the latest productivity and collaboration tools.  If your PC does not meet system requirements, consider a new business PC with Windows 8.1 Pro.

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