End of Windows XP Support

 

End of Windows XP Support

Windows XP SP3 (Service Pack 3) and Office 2003 will go out of support on April
8, 2014.
That’s pretty soon!

Call us today for a chat. It won’t cost you anything, but it very well may save you a fortune in the future.

You may not be moving to the cloud today, but at least you can make the right move towards it.

Office Technology are here to help you

To work out your next step, please call our Microsoft Certified Specialist on 01 460 44 44   

Microsoft has provided support for Windows XP for the past 12 years. It is now time for Microsoft to invest their resources towards supporting more recent technologies so they can continue to deliver great experiences.

As a result, after April 8, 2014, technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available, including automatic updates that help protect your Personal Computer.

Microsoft will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP on this date.(If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you will continue to receive anti-malware signature updates for a limited time, but this does not mean that your Personal Computer will be secure because Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to protect your Personal Computer).

If you continue to use Windows XP after support ends, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimise for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of applications and devices that do not work with Windows XP.

It may seem strange that we are warning you so “early.” But, according to Microsoft, ” if your organization has not started the migration to a modern Personal Computer, you are late.”

To work out your next step, please call our Microsoft Certified Specialist on 01 460 44 44  IT Support

Microsoft, with quite a bit of data on such things, has found that average deployment of a new operating system across an entire enterprise can take 18 to 32 months.

This average is probably more applicable to much larger companies than are most of our small business audience.

But, making the leap from 10-year-old Windows XP and Office 2003 to the very latest Windows operating system and Office suite will be more time-consuming than you anticipate. That’s why we urge you to begin planning now!

Why even bother, you might ask?

You and your employees are comfortable and efficient using familiar old XP and Office 2003.

But, after April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 after that date can expose your business to risks, including:

  • Security & Compliance Risks — Unsupported operating systems are vulnerable to security risks. If your company is subject to any sort of audit or certification body, this could also lead to suspension of certifications, even public notification of your inability to maintain systems and customer information.
  • Lack of Independent Software Vendor & Hardware Manufacturers support — A recent industry report from Gartner Research suggests “many independent software vendors are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP…” Gartner Research also noted that most hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of new PC models. The end of software and hardware support for Windows XP is already beginning, two years before the end-of-support date. You may not be able to get the latest update for a mission-critical software program your business depends on!

Potential Business Implications:

End of Windows XP Support

Without critical security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information.

End of Windows XP Support

When problems arise, online and phone-based technical support will unfortunately no longer be available to you or your information technology  partner, leaving you on your own to deal with the problem.

End of Windows XP Support

The risks of system failure and business disruption could increase because of the end of support, lack of supported software, and the increasing age of hardware running Windows XP.

End of Windows XP Support

Many software and hardware vendors will no longer support products that are running on Windows XP as they are unable to get the Windows XP and Office 2003 updates created to fix issues.

We recommend that you take steps now to get current with Windows 7 and Office 2010.

Remember, there are actually some benefits to making the leap. Windows 7 and Office 2012 offer features that will allow your business to take advantage of the latest technology and become even more efficient.

What’s the first step?

Small to medium businesses should work with a Microsoft Certified Partner, like Office Technology to understand the best options that will fit their needs.

HOW DO I STAY PROTECTED?

To stay protected after support ends, you have two options

1)UPGRADE YOUR CURRENT PERSONAL COMPUTER

Very few older computers will be able to run Windows 8.1 which is the latest version on Windows

2)GET A NEW PERSONAL COMPUTER

If your current Personal Computer cannot run Windows 8.1, it might be time to consider replacing it

If your company’s current Personal Computers meet the system requirements for Windows 7, we can help you purchase and install it.

If your Personal Computer does not meet system requirements, we will help you first configure the systems that best fit your needs and budget.

End of Windows XP Support

Call us today for a chat. It won’t cost you anything, but it very well may save you a fortune in the future.

You may not be moving to the cloud today, but at least you can make the right move towards it.

Office Technology are here to help you

To work out your next step, please call our Microsoft Certified Specialist on 01 460 44 44