On April 8, 2014, both Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 will officially reach their end-of-life. At that time, Microsoft will no longer provide any security updates or patches for either Windows XP or Office 2003. The lack of security updates means that users are likely to be at risk if they continue to use Windows XP or Office 2003 after that date.
The Microsoft Windows team said in a blog post that it now is a good time for organisations that still have PCs running Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 to begin the inevitable migration to Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010.
Microsoft said in the blog post that it doesn’t recommend that Windows XP users wait to upgrade, and that it is important for companies to complete deployment before support runs out. IT leaders and endpoint computing managers must ensure that they will either be off these products, or that they have considered the risks of continuing to run them.
ObjectStorm wants to help you avoid the risk of running an unsupported version of Windows and Office, and to assist with your IT planning for 2013. Since these systems will no longer be supported after April 8, 2014, they represent a significant security risk to organizations using them. We recommend organizations inventory their systems to determine if the products noted above are still in use. Organizations should then develop proper migration plans to upgrade the operating systems and applications to supported products such as Windows 7 or Windows 8 and Office 2007 or 2010 as soon as possible.
Contact ObjectStorm to discuss any concerns your organization might have.