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Back in April I posted a blog article warning about the end of support for Windows XP coming up in April 2014. As the old saying goes, “a word to the wise should be sufficient.” Or so one would think.

Imagine my surprise then when I recently read the post by Tim Rains on the Microsoft Security Blog site titled “The Risk of Running Windows XP After Support Ends April 2014.” Tim reports that he has talked to some customers who won’t have completely migrated or, worse yet, “won’t migrate from Windows XP until the hardware it’s running on fails.”

What!!??!!

To this I can only say it brings to mind another old saying, “penny wise and pound foolish!”

What’s at stake here is nothing less than the security of your organization’s network and the data it holds. Those businesses who are willing to roll the dice on upgrading their operating systems are basically saying they’re willing to risk their security rather than pay to bring their IT up to current standards. Remember, Windows XP is 10 years old! A lot has changed in 10 years.

The chart below was taken from the above article and shows the infection rate by operating system and service pack in the fourth quarter of 2012. Take a careful look. Imagine what this chart will look like after support for XP ends. Then imagine Dirty Harry asking, “Do you feel lucky?”

If the answer is no, may I suggest you contact Simplex-IT? We can help guide your decision and achieve the best bang for your buck.

4th Quarter security attacks by OS

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>