On April 8, 2014, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ve got questions?
We’ve got answers
Can I keep my system safe by change my web browser or Anti-virus?
Updating to a new web browser or anti-virus software is not enough to protect your business and may only give you a false sense of security. An unsupported OS will leave you vulnerable to external threats. In fact, a new browser with apps and extensions can introduce new areas for attacks on your system.
Can I protect myself by permanently disconnecting my device from the Internet?
Being disconnected to an internal network, or using a USB or CD to transfer information, may reduce the attack surface but will still leave you vulnerable to several types of attacks once support ends. Aside from a few special situations, keeping your Windows XP machine in a sealed room on its own is not the right choice for your business.
Do I need to buy all new hardware?
Not necessarily. Depending on the age of the device you are using, you may be able to simply update Windows and Office. We would recommend at least checking out new hardware though, either because your existing hardware is old (and slow), or because you want the flexibility to work in newer, more mobile ways that new devices enable. We can assess your equipment to help make the right decision for your particular situation.
Can I migrate my important applications?
Often, you can. A few old apps may not work on the new Windows. In those cases you can work with the software vendor to get an updated version of the app—which will usually come with additional features and capabilities. In the rare cases where an update is not available, we recommend you locate a replacement app in the Windows store.
Talk to us today about the latest Windows Pro devices.
Contact your software vendors or have us do it to find out if your version is supported on the current Windows version or what the upgrade path is
Portable hard drives are good options to store your valuable data, both during the migration and afterward.