That’s right, Microsoft is shutting down technical support for Windows XP and Office 2003 from April 8 next year, while many businesses have yet to make the transition to newer systems. If your business is still running on XP, it might be a good idea to start upgrading now. Windows XP has reached the end of Microsoft’s ten-year Support Lifecycle policy and as such support will officially end on April 8, 2014.
According to the folks at Redmond, continuing with Windows XP after April 8 could possibly place your systems at risk against cyber attacks as Microsoft stops releasing security updates. There might also be a lack of software vendors who will continue to update their products for XP as well.
Windows XP came out in 2001 and has been quite the popular operating system for PCs. Since coming out with XP, Microsoft has released, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8. Only recently has Windows 7 edged out XP as the most popular desktop operating system.
Firms may still have a year to migrate to newer systems, but historically Microsoft has found that it takes around 18 to 32 months for full deployment of a new operating system. This means that some companies will still have pockets of XP users left after the end of support.