Microsoft will stop supporting the Windows XP operating system and Office 2003 on April 8th, 2014, effectively ending its life.
PCs using Windows XP are not going to suddenly self destruct or become unusable on this date, but there will be no new security updates, hotfixes, or any support provided by Microsoft.
This will have the knock on effect of software vendors stopping support for Windows XP and intense interest in the OS from hackers. It, and the software that runs on it, will become a prime target for hackers.
Why think about this now?
The main reasons computers are still using Windows XP are:
- Software on the computer won’t work on a newer Windows OS
- The hardware isn’t up to running a newer Windows OS
- The OS is standardised across the organisation
All these issues may take some time to resolve, so even though the end is not quite nigh, now is the time to start planning an upgrade to Windows 7 or 8.