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Windows XP and Office 2003 Support is Ending in One Year

By April 4, 2013February 28th, 2023Blog

Two of Microsoft’s flagship services are going to no longer have any support as of April 8th, 2014: Windows XP and Office 2003.

So what does this mean for the business owner that depends on these products to run their business? Microsoft simply says it means you should “take action”. There will no longer be any security updates or assisted support options, online or otherwise, through Microsoft. This means that there will be “unchecked security and compliance risks” as well as a lack of support and updates that keep the software compatible with the newest technologies.

Microsoft says this move comes after they introduced their Support Lifecycle policy in 2002. All of Microsoft’s products get 10 years of support – 5 Mainstream and 5 Extended – and once those ten years are up, the company encourages all  users to move on to more recent products that will often fit the needs of an individual and a company more closely.

Since it can take up to 18 months for the average medium to large business to install new programs, roll out all of the updates, and import all customer data, Microsoft is suggesting that companies who have not migrated from Windows XP and Office 2003 start the process soon.

Microsoft says as a small or medium business, you may need to upgrade your PCs and retrain your staff to use newer, more dependable Microsoft products. You can purchase Windows 7 or Windows 8 from any local retailer.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.