XP and Office 2003 Support Slated to End Within the Year

Did you know XP and Office 2003 support is slated to end within a year? 


 What does this mean for you?

It means you should be considering this when preparing your budget. After April 8, 2014, there will no longer be any security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.

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

  • Security & Compliance Risks: Unpatched and unsupported environments are susceptible to security risks. This may result in an officially documented control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of your company’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
  • Lack Software & Hardware Manufacturers support: An 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 an upside well beyond keeping you supported. It offers the flexibility needed to empower employees to be more productive, while increasing operational efficiency through enhanced security and management. It also enables your company to take better advantage of the latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud.

–Robbie MacDonald

For more information, please visit our Microsoft portal at www.slpowers.com/microsoft

Please e-mail or call Robbie at rmacdonald@slpowers.com / (561)-228-7617 with any questions, we will be happy to help.

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