Let’s face it, software has a tendency to become obsolete in as little as a year. So, it’s no surprise that, after ten years, Microsoft has decided to pull the plug – officially ending support for Windows XP and Office 2013.
As of yesterday, April 8th, 2013, Microsoft has ceased all updates, security patches, and support for both products.
What does this mean for you?
Frankly, it means that it’s well past time to upgrade (I suggest skipping Windows Vista). If, however, your business infrastructure is reliant on this software, you could be facing some issues:
Without consistent security updates for Windows XP, your computers could become vulnerable to the ever-evolving cesspit of spyware, viruses, exploits and malware that lurk in the bowels of the internet. And antivirus / antimalware software won’t be much help if your Operating System itself is no longer supported.
Many new versions of software will no longer have support for Windows XP. For example, Office 2013 and several other big-name software products require Windows 7 or later.
No Technical Support
Should any issues arise while using Office 2003 or Windows XP, technical support from Microsoft will no longer be available, leaving you with no recourse but a Google search.
The risk of system failure and disruption of your operations could become a problem – there will be less supported software, and increasing obsolescence of the hardware running your Windows XP machine.
So What’s the Solution?
Embrace the future, and take this opportunity to see firsthand how more than a decade of progress has improved both Windows and Microsoft Office.