Microsoft Ending Support for XP – Are you ready?

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24 January, 2014

Microsoft Ending Support for XP – Are you ready? What does this mean for me?

8th April, 2014 marks the End of Supportfor Windows XP and Office 2003. We’re sure you have questions.

What does “End of Support” actually mean?

After April 8, 2014, there will be no more updates or support for Windows XP and Office 2003. These products were released over 10 years ago, and have had free updates over that decade. We will no longer continue to release these updates, but even if we did, these products were designed for a different era of technology and are now impractical for a modern business. Along with that, the opportunities technology offers your business have changed—for the better! Newer products are designed to take advantage of the massive growth of the Internet and mobility to offer great new ways to work, reach more customers, and grow faster. It’s this combination of risk and opportunity that make it the right time to move off Windows XP.

How can “End of Support” affect my business?

We won’t sugarcoat it: If you are running Windows XP after April 8, 2014, you are putting your business at risk—and please don’t believe anyone who claims that quick fixes can replace a critical OS update. There are genuine and important issues you should be aware of:

Security risk

Without critical updates, your PC will be susceptible to attacks that take advantage of vulnerabilities. These attacks not only cause downtime but can also put your customers’ information or your own business data at risk.

Software issues

Most software and hardware vendors will no longer support products that are running on Windows XP, as they are unable to get Windows XP and Office 2003 updates.

Discontinued support

Because our updates often fixed problems before you were aware of them, you may have never needed our tech support. But now that these updates are to stop, new problems may arise—only now there will be no one to contact for tech support.

Downtime

The risks of system failure and business disruption could increase because of the End of Support, lack of supported software, and aging hardware running Windows XP. Even a system running an updated anti-virus or modern browser is not safe from potential issues that may cause downtime.

It’s not a case of you having to upgrade right away but at least an opportunity to be proactive with updating your systems rather than wait for system failure and having to upgrade at an inflated cost.

To read the official information please visit http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/lifecycle.

If you are still running any of your machines on Windows XP, it would be worth budgeting for this upgrade soon.  If you would like more information, please Contact Us

 

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