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By now you may have heard – effective April 8, 2014 Microsoft will no longer support its most popular operating system of all time, Windows XP. And that’s not all! Office 2003 will be reaching its End of Support on that date, as well.

You may well be wondering, “What does this mean to me? Call me old fashioned, but I’m still using Windows XP and/or Office 2003 and the software seems to be working just fine. What’s going to happen on April 8? Will the software continue to work? Or not? Will I be exposing myself or my company to potential risks if I don’t upgrade? How concerned should I be?”

Fear not, dear reader, because Simplex-IT is here to answer these and other questions you may have and we’ll even buy lunch to entice you to join us! Join us for our next free Lunchinar where we’ll discuss the options and risks if you don’t – or can’t – upgrade your software.

You don’t want to miss it!

Where:                Hampton Inn, 4331 Lakepointe Corporate Dr, Stow (off Rt. 8 at Steels Corners Road)
When:                 Wednesday, March 19, 2014 from 11:30am-1:00pm

As an extra bonus, we will be awarding a door prize of Microsoft software. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that!

We remind you, though, seating is limited. To reserve yours, go to, email or call 234.380.1277. Come join the fun!

Say goodbye to XP, do some networking and watch a classic SF movie on the big screen!

  • Date:     Tuesday April 8th, 2014
  • Time:     Networking starts at 5:30pm, tribute to XP and 2003 at 6:30pm. Movie at 7.
  • Where:   The Kent Stage, 175 East Main Street, Kent, Oh 44240

You know it’s going away. You know you’ll miss it.

Why not say goodbye?

April 8th marks the end of support from Microsoft for both Windows XP and Office 2003. Yeah, they’re going to continue updating Endpoint, Security Essentials and other security pieces that work with XP. But XP and Office 2003 are going away.

Soooo…howzabout a going away party? And maybe a movie, while we’re at it?

So, here’s what we did. We’re taking over The Kent Stage (um…it’s in Kent, 175 East Main Street, Kent, Oh 44240), a really cool theater with a whole bunch of history. We’re going to start with a networking event, followed by a big-screen showing of the 1956 classic science fiction movie “Forbidden Planet.”

The event is free, as will be the popcorn. There will be a cash bar, with proceeds benefitting The Kent Stage (a non-profit group, btw).

***This is open to everybody***

Absolutely this movie event is ok for kids, btw.  The movie part, anyway.  We suspect they’ll be bored to tears with the networking.

Reserve your spot now by going to EventBrite:

From your friends at Simplex-IT!

XP Reaches End of Support – April 2014!

Here at Simplex-IT, we’ve been talking about the impending date of April 8, 2014 for some time now. That’s when Microsoft will officially end its support for Windows XP AND Office 2003. It was even a central topic of discussion in our most recent Lunchinar – “How Do You Know When Your I.T. is Obsolete?” (Watch the Simplex-IT blog site to be notified when the Lunchinar is published on our YouTube channel for your viewing convenience!)  And we’ve been encouraging businesses and individuals alike to become knowledgeable and start making their plans for this change in the computing landscape.

But what does it all really mean? Will it really be the end of life as we know it? Or is it much ado about nothing?

For an interesting perspective on the answer to this question I highly recommend this article – “What the Windows XPocalypse Means For You!” – found on one of my favorite websites, It reviews the major issues around the End of Support and should provide extra food for thought for those of you who may be still sitting on the fence on this issue.

No matter what course of action you decide to take, our central goal is to make sure you have all the information you need prior to making your decision. Of course, if questions remain and you need additional clarification, we are always happy to provide counsel. Don’t hesitate to contact us!

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.


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>