Windows XP Product Support Naperville, Aurora, Chicago Il
Ahhh, It Seems Like Just Yesterday. But Say Good Bye To Windows XP and Office 2003 Support….
April 8, 2014 marked the official retirement of Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003. Microsoft will no longer be supporting these platforms and that includes the ever so important security updates. If you don’t upgrade be prepared to join the virus of the month club and roll out the red carpet for the crazies who have nothing better to do than to hack your computer.
The transition is not as scary as you think with our help, fill out the contact us form and we will call you to discuss a plan just for you, offer advice or just let you vent!
Outsource IT Solutions Group, located in Naperville Illinois, is a certified Microsoft Gold Midmarket Provider and a Microsoft Small Business Specialist. We have the necessary experience and expertise to help you choose, and implement, the best Microsoft Operating System and suite of Office products for your environment. The security and privacy implications of end of support could have significant impacts on your business. A change of this magnitude is a time-consuming activity requiring extensive planning and preparation; so if you’re running either Windows XP or Office 2003 you should take action soon.
What Are The Risks of NOT Upgrading?
If you do not migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8, or upgrade to a newer version of Office; you could be taking significant risks with your business. Your applications will continue to run, at least for now. BUT…..
- Microsoft will no longer provide security updates; without critical Windows XP updates your information will become more vulnerable. Hackers know this, and they know that once they are able to exploit a weakness, Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates. The hackers are probably counting the days until April 8th, 2014.
- Microsoft will not answer any questions on these products, paid or free. You will be on your own.
- Many software and hardware vendors will no longer support their products that run on Windows XP. You should contact them to find out what their position is on the expiration of XP support.
- There will not be any new software products available that will run in your environment. Vendors started this migration in 2011 and by now, no one is developing products for the XP environment.
- There are security and compliance risks, especially if you process credit card transactions. PCI Compliance is an issue you need to take into consideration. If you have an outside auditor you should check with them to see what their position is on this issue.
- The lack of supported software and the age of hardware running Windows XP could increase the risk of business disruption.
Why is Microsoft Doing This?
- In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy, based on customer feedback, to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. This policy states that all Microsoft products, including Windows and Office products will receive a minimum of 10 years of support, at the supported service pack level.
- Sun setting old products is a way to ensure that Microsoft will have the resources required to develop new products that will continue to take advantage of technological advances and lead us into the next decade.
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