If your business is running Microsoft Windows XP or Office 2003, then you will need to change to a newer operating system in the coming months. Microsoft offers support for its business products for 10 years, and support for Windows XP and Office 2003 is scheduled to end on April 8, 2014.
Organizations that have not yet migrated to newer versions risk running unsupported software. Plus, most hardware manufacturers and software providers will not support or integrate with Windows XP going forward.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to make the switch to a new product. Here’s what your business needs to know about the end of support for these Windows products:
Begin Migrating to Windows 7 or 8 Today
On its website, Microsoft claims that an enterprise level switch to a new software system can take between 18 and 32 months. For smaller organizations, the timeline will be quicker, but switching systems does require some advanced planning. Contact your managed IT expert for help migrating your business to newer versions of Windows and Office products before April.
Do Not Risk Using Unsupported Software
Those users who continue running unsupported versions of Windows and Office may expose their data and computers to breaches and harmful malware and viruses. When Microsoft discontinues its support for these products, users will no longer receive security updates to protect against outside threats. Stay protected by migrating to newer, fully supported products.
Take Advantage of New Technology
Moving to a newer version of Windows and Office affords your business many benefits. Newer Microsoft products incorporate greater security protection. A recent Microsoft blog post showed how Windows XP users are seven times more likely to become infected with a virus than Windows 8 users. Newer software also enables your team to save time and collaborate more fluidly online using desktop virtualization and cloud applications.
For help with migrating to a newer version of Windows, contact the IT experts at Nextrio by calling (520) 519-6301. We assist hundreds of Southern Arizona businesses with their security, software, and managed IT needs.