Office 2003 and Windows XP

Office 2003 and Windows XP – Support Ends April 8, 2014


Why is Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003?


In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As part of this policy, Microsoft products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.


Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organisation has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late. On average customer deployment can take 18 to 32 months. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support.


What does end of support mean to customers?


It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.


Running Windows XP and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company 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 Software & Hardware Manufacturers support: A recent industry report suggests many software vendors are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP. And it may stifle access to hardware innovation: Research further notes that in 2012, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.


Get current with Windows and Office. This option has upside well beyond keeping you supported. It offers more flexibility to empower employees to be more productive, while increasing operational efficiency through improved PC security and management. It also enables your organization to take advantage of latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud.


How do I begin my migration?


NKC Group has a dedicated migration team awaiting your call.  We have years of experience to make sure your business faces the minimum amount of disruption during the migration. Call us today on 01260 217 917




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