Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in one year

Windows XP SP3 Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in one year

Microsoft has announced that it will be ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in one year's time, bringing to a close two of the most popular products the company ever created.

Microsoft has announced that it will be ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in one year's time, bringing to a close two of the most popular products the company ever created.

 
Support will finish on 8 April, 2014, resulting in no new security updates for these pieces of software. Users will also no longer be able to seek technical support from Microsoft in relation to these older versions.
 
Microsoft called on businesses to upgrade to a more modern operating system and productivity package, emphasising the enhanced security of doing so. The often time-consuming and costly effort required to upgrade a company's IT systems, and the fact that Windows Vista was so poorly received, prompted many firms to stick with the old tried and tested XP.
 
Windows XP SP3 Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 in one year
 
“Moving away from Windows XP to a more modern platform in Windows 7 and Windows 8 will ready your IT infrastructure for future technology solutions and growth of your company,” said Erwin Visser, GM of Windows Commercial at Microsoft. “Windows 8 is the modern OS for modern businesses, building on Windows 7 fundamentals such as speed, reliability and enhanced security, while creating a modern platform designed for a new generation of hardware options.”
 
One thing that might prompt upgrades after support has ended, apart from the sheer security risk of it all, is the risk of rising IT costs. IDC predicts that hiring professionals to sort out problems with XP after it is no longer supported could cost 25 percent more four years after the April 2014 deadline, and an additional 29 percent more a year after that.
 
Windows XP launched in October, 2011, making it well over a decade old. Since then we have had three new versions of Windows. Just as many businesses are still using dated versions of Internet Explorer, any firm still using XP is losing out on features, but the security issues alone should be motivation to upgrade.