Preparing for the End of Windows XP and Office 2003 Support

by ronfluegge 22. March 2013 15:15

Support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 ends on April 8th, 2014. Are you ready? After support ends, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options, or online technical content updates.

If you continue to run Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after April 8, 2014, you are exposing your company to potential security risks, as unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security threats. Further, independent software vendors (ISVs) and hardware manufacturers are less likely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP as we near the retirement date.

For many, migration efforts are well underway to get current. For those that require additional assistance, Microsoft offers in-depth technical resources, tools, and expert guidance to ease the deployment process. To learn more about migration and deployment programs, and to explore solutions if your current migration plans extend beyond April 8th 2014, please contact your Microsoft Support Professional. Microsoft staff and we are dedicated to helping you remain secure and are here to assist you every step of the way.

Visit the Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 end of support site for more information on resources available to help with your migration.

For additional insights on the security risks of running on older operating systems, see the Microsoft Security Blog on Operating System Infection Rates.



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