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Windows XP and Office 2003 End of Support

Thursday, October 03, 2013

As you begin planning for the end of the year and finalize budgets for next year, please take into account Windows XP and Office 2003 End of Support (EoS).

Microsoft will be ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003 on April 8th, 2014. If your organization is still using this operating system and program, it is highly recommended that you begin your migration to a modern desktop immediately. Do not wait until the last minute to begin your migration as this process can take several months to implement.
What does EoS mean for your environment?
After April 8th, Windows XP and Office 2003 will no longer receive updates and patches. Environments that are not monitored are much more susceptible to security breaches. Hackers may be able to find and exploit flaws in the operating system and Microsoft will no longer update or patch these problems. This can result in complete failure of the system without the ability to recover your system or data.

You will also be limited to the type of software you can purchase as many software companies will produce new versions and updates that will not be supported on the Windows XP operating system. Likewise, many hardware manufacturers will create new products that can only be supported by newer operating systems.

What can you do?
We recommend the implementation of our Remote Monitoring and Reporting service to analyze and monitor your network to determine an exact count of XP devices and Office 2003 programs in your organization and provide a clear upgrade and migration path. Contact our sales team at sales@itrw.net or call 616.837.6930. Our team can determine what your organization requires to migrate to modern systems and minimize your security risks.
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