Windows XP, SP3 & Office 2003 Support to End

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Do you have Windows XP computers or laptops in your business?? If yes please read the important information below.. If not great news you are up to date and we are sorry to have bothered you.

In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, 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.
Thus, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organisation has not started the migration to a modern desktop, time is running out!! To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning immediately to ensure your old desktops have been replaced by April 8, 2014 before end of support.

It means you should take action. 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.

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: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognised control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
  • Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: A recent industry report from Gartner Research suggests “many independent software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP in 2011; in 2012, it will become common.” And it may stifle access to hardware innovation: Gartner Research further notes that in 2012, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.

Get current with Windows and Office.
This option has upside well beyond keeping you supported. It offers more flexibility to empower employees to be more productive, while increasing operational efficiency through improved PC security and management. It also enables your organization to take advantage of latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud.

Small to Medium Business:
There are many options for small and medium businesses considering moving to a modern PC with the latest productivity and collaboration tools. Contact us today to understand the best options that meet your business needs.

If your current PC meets the system requirements for Windows 7 or Windows 8, one option is you can also buy Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 Pro upgrades from us. If your PC does not meet system requirements, consider purchasing a new business PC with Windows 8 Pro.

Contact Chris Lowe today on 0121-561-4477 or to arrange a review of your requirements so a plan can be made.