If you have not heard yet, Microsoft has announced that it will be ending support of its Windows XP operating system in April 2014, as well as for Office 2003. There will be no more security updates or technical assistance for these products. After supporting this software for 12 years, Microsoft would now like to focus its resources on developing software that includes newer technologies such as cloud-connection, multiple-device capability and new apps. This is the wave of the future.
If you continue to run Windows XP, there a few issues to consider:
- Security: Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is unsupported.
- Software: Many software vendors will no longer support their products running on Windows XP as they are unable to receive Windows XP updates. For example, the new Office takes advantage of the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP.
- Hardware: Most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on existing and new hardware. This will also mean that drivers required to run Windows XP on new hardware may not be available.
Microsoft advises those companies still running on Windows XP to migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. Customers moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities.
For more informration, please visit these sites from Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx; http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/end-support-help; http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/endofsupport.aspx.
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We look forward to providing you with assistance regarding what you need to do to avoid possible disruption of support for your important business applications.
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