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30th Sep 2013 | by: Western Office

Yes, it is true. Windows XP support is ending soon. Microsoft is officially ending all support for Windows XP beginning April 8th of 2014. That means you have about 6 months to either get a newer computer running Windows 7 (which we have) or to see if your current Windows XP machine can handle running Windows 7 and install it (which we can do). And just to spice things up, Microsoft is also ending all support, at the same time, for Office 2003. It’s easy to move to Office 2010 or higher (which we have available).

Now what does it mean that support is ending? It essentially means that Microsoft will no longer provide any new updates, patches or hotfixes for the operating system, leaving it ripe for exploits, hacks and other security holes to pop up without any future resolution. What does all of that mean to you? A nasty virus or hacker can very easily get into your system without you knowing it or being able to stop it. Of course, Microsoft explains it a little bit differently…

After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as:

  • Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
  • Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: A recent industry report from Gartner Research suggests “many independent software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP in 2011; in 2012, it will become common.” And it may stifle access to hardware innovation: Gartner Research further notes that in 2012, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.

Get current with Windows and Office. This option has upside well beyond keeping you supported. It offers more flexibility to empower employees to be more productive, while increasing operational efficiency through improved PC security and management. It also enables your organization to take advantage of latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud.

It’s still not too late to upgrade to the fast, stable and easy-to-use Windows 7. We have plenty of computers in the office if you wish to get a new one. Or you may be able to do a minor upgrade to your PC so it can support Windows 7 smoothly and we’ll be able to install it for you with one of our many available licenses.

Windows 7 is a great operating system and is nothing like the garbage that is Windows 8. Don’t get stuck with an out-of-date Windows XP or a non-functional Windows 8. Get Windows 7 today and make your life so much better and happier. We can also get you working on the wonderful Office 2010 (or higher) so you’ll be able to open all Microsoft documents with the new format (which changed with 2007 and up). We’ll be happy to assist in any way that we can.

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