Why are Windows XP and Office 2003 going end of support?

Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go end of support on April 8, 2014. This end of support announcement is consistent with Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle policy designed to provide transparency and predictability on the life cycle for Microsoft products.

According to Microsoft and based on their historical customer data, desktop migrations can take 18 – 32 months from business case to actual deployment.  So if you haven’t already started looking at a migration plan, you may be already late.


What does this mean for me?

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 a number of risks including security and compliance issues, lack of third party software vendor or manufacturer support.

For example, leading market analysts Gartner, note that in 2012, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.


How can I start my migration to a secure and supported operating system?

MJ Flood Technology’s ‘Make Me Mobile’ programme is specifically designed to help clients manage the migration from Windows XP to Windows 8, opening up a world of endless possibilities and new ways of working, even for the smallest micro business.

Tackling your migration now introduces a planned approach, which will address all business challenges without exposing your operations to the possibility of unnecessary disruption. And we can make sure your infrastructure is cloud-ready, whether you choose to move now or at some time in the future.