Microsoft Will No longer be Offering Support and Updates for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003
As of April 8, 2014 the Microsoft will no longer be offering support and updates for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003, creating a number of questions and concerns amongst businesses who may not be ready to break up with XP.
Why are they ending support?
The expiration of support and assistance for Windows XP and Office 2003 come from a regulatory policy from Microsoft: the Support Life Cycle policy. This policy was introduced in an effort in increase transparency and predictability in regards to the support customer’s receive from Microsoft, and it states that all Microsoft Business and Developer products will receive a minimum of 10 years of support from the company. As 2014 is underway, Window XP’s 10 year support is up.
How will this affect my IT platform?
- After April 8, 2014, XP will be significantly more susceptible to malware, viruses, hackers, and scammers, and any issues or security flaws that are detected will not be fixed my Microsoft. In other words, there is a serious security threat to your PC and any information stored on it.
- Both online and phone-based assistance for Windows XP will no longer be in service to assist you with any problems you may have. This could result in loss of information and data, as well as increased risk of system failure and business disruption.
- Microsoft isn’t the only company eliminating support for XP. Companies who have designed software for the XP operating system will also likely discontinue support. This has particular implication for security software vendors like McAfee and Symantec, as their application may still run, but the likelihood of these companies continuing to update the software as new viruses emerge for a dead OS is slim to none.
You’re already late!
If your business hasn’t begun the transition to a newer operating system, you are already late, according to Microsoft. Even if you have security software installed, over time, the device will become more and more dangerous to use.
Microsoft is suggesting that the time has come to either upgrade your PC or simply get a new one that is compatible with Windows 8.1. This also means it may be time to explore other options for your business, such as virtual desktops or SaaS platforms, as well as other PC repurposing tools that are at your disposal. If you decide not to buy a whole new device right away, setting up or testing a VDI platform is a great cheap and efficient solution. Using software like VDI Blaster™, you can convert your PC with Windows XP into a secure and centrally manageable virtual desktop. This will protect your information and your PC, as well as cut costs and repair time in the long run and elongate the life of your PC. VDI Blaster will allow companies to preserve their hardware investment without losing security. IT turns PCs into thin clients with the ability to convert back to their original state. This is a great way to try out a VDI environment for companies considering switching or as way for slow migration to new hardware.
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