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End of Life Support – Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003

Why is Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003?

Microsoft 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. Consequently Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organisation has not started the migration to Windows 7 or 8 then you should be considering starting this now. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing to ensure you deploy before the end of support. 3rd party vendors generally withdraw their application support on the version of Windows and Office when official support stops from Microsoft.

What does end of support mean to customers?

It means over the next few months your business should be taking action to replace dated machines with modern support equivalents. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates from Microsoft. Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date can expose your business to risks around security, compliance and hardware / software support.

Risks? Are you sure that you have mitigated these risks?

If not, then IT Works are here to help you. We are a locally based full service IT Company with services and solutions that cover all aspects of IT and provide a one stop shop for IT services for in-house networks and also for hosted and cloud solutions.

How do I begin my migration from Windows XP and Office 2003 and ensure my business is not at risk?

You can contact IT Works for a free audit on your IT infrastructure. We will provide you with all the information you need to plan, budget and migrate away from the end of life operating system.

Tel: 01383 749966 or email: enquiries@itworks.co.uk