Just as the title indicates, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 support will be ending in April 2014.

Here at Simplex-IT we aren’t into extreme-isms (never in a bazillion years!). “The sky is falling the end is near!” or “If your systems work now there won’t be problems in the future” are two messages you won’t hear from us. As a business strategy, this support ending situation needs to be on your radar.

What does this mean? Some simple points:

  1. If you own the software license, you will still own it.
  2. If it works, odds are it will continue to work.
  3. If it doesn’t work or you have problems in the future, Microsoft will not provide any support or fixes.
  4. New features that come out from Microsoft or other vendors, you won’t be able to utilize.

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Microsoft explains further, “Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.” They continue, “To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.”

End of support means, “there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as: Security & Compliance risks and Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support.” Even some vendors in 2012 are now not supporting this environment. You can see Microsoft’s website for more detailed information regarding these risks and how they will help customers migrate. You even can download a free Microsoft Deployment Toolkit from their site.

Here’s the timeframe. If you do have Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003, you’ll be upgrading in the next couple of years…now or in the near future. Just don’t pretend it’s not coming. If you need help with your strategic plan, we can help you. Give us a call, 234-380-1277, or see our website.

The world is ending by the end of this year, according to the Mayans, so why are we discussing this anyhow? <g>