Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003 - END OF LIFE
April 2, 2014
You may or may not already know that as of the 8th of April this year Microsoft are ceasing all support for the Windows XP operating system and Office 2003. After the 8th April 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.
The team and I here at DISconsulting have taken a wave of calls and questions about the termination of support for both of these products, so I thought it might be useful to capture a few of the most popular questions and cover them off here for you...
1. Can I still use Windows XP after 8th April 2014?
Yes of course you can. That's not a problem and no the software won't suddenly stop working. However, from that date Microsoft have officially ended all support for the product. This means that any security flaws or "holes" found after this date will NOT be fixed - meaning you could be at risk.
2. Can I simply purchase an upgrade to Windows 7 or 8?
No - there is no upgrade path through software from Windows XP to Windows 7 or the latest Windows 8. The upgrade is a "manual" process. However, if you do decide on this route be sure to double check on the hardware requirements for Windows 7 or Windows 8 - they are very different to Windows XP. Of course we are always here to help, so if you have any questions please shout.
3. What the cheapest method to 'upgrade'?
There is no one answer here - everyone's situation will be different. Depending on if you already have a licensing agreement with Microsoft or not will affect the price you will pay for any Microsoft software. If you're unsure on this, give us a call and we will confirm the best and cheapest upgrade path for YOU.
4. Do I need to upgrade my existing software applications?
As with any upgrade you will need to check on the compatibility of software. Typically, most software should work fine, but always double check. If you need any help with, again this please let us know.
5. I'm not sure I can justify the cost in my business at the moment....
We understand that, which is why we will do our very best to find the most cost effective solution for each individual customer. The truth is that the "new" software’s such as Windows 7/8 and Office 2013 are already delivering amazing results to those who have already implemented them, and they will for you, once you deploy them. The truth is that everything has a price and the cost to you of NOT investing in upgrading to the latest Microsoft Windows will be much, much higher than the cost of the new software. If you had a desktop/laptop "breakdown" tomorrow, how much would it cost you in lost revenue?
Hope this helps answer some of the queries you have. Don't forget we are always here to help so if there's still something you wish to know or you still have unanswered questions please give us a call - 01256 479700