If you haven’t heard, support for Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003 is ending April 8, 2014. This means that businesses, schools, and government agencies are making strategies to either implement Windows 7 or Windows 8 into their existing infrastructure, or upgrading their equipment to be compatible with the latest Windows operating systems. If you haven’t upgraded your organization’s computers in some time, it’s likely that your machines are overdue! Depending on the age of your PCs, you may be able to upgrade things like your hard drive and RAM, or it’s possible that your machines are outdated and need to be replaced with newer models.
CTL® can help you find the right desktop PCs, laptops, tablets and servers to help bring your organization up-to-date. By ensuring all your PCs can run Windows 7 or 8, you’ll be able to get support from Microsoft for your OS, increase productivity, improve security, and save money in the long run. And, did you know CTL® also sells the latest software from Microsoft including Windows 7, Windows 8 and Office 2013? By upgrading to the latest version of Office, your organization can take advantage of the latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud.
According to Microsoft, running Windows XP and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your organization 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.
Even home users will be affected by the end of support for Windows XP as they will no longer be able to get security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates after April 8, 2014. If you’re running a Windows XP PC at home, you may want to look into upgrades you can make to your computer that will make it Windows 7 compatible. Or, maybe you just want to skip straight to the latest technology and get a new Windows 8 tablet, laptop or desktop PC.
The end of support for Windows XP and Office 2003 is coming soon! Make sure you’re ready for this important transition. Contact your CTL® sales rep today to learn more.