It’s time to loosen your cold, dead grip on Windows XP and Office 2003

It’s time to loosen your cold, dead grip on Windows XP and Office 2003

Windows XP and Office 2003 are dead. Look I said it.
I am not Just saying it cause I am an Apple Guru and looking to take a cheap shot a Microsoft,
I am being real here, most people don’t even drive cars that old, why should your technology be?

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.

It’s time to loosen your cold, dead grip on 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 per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer 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.

Thus, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late.

What does end of support mean to customers?
It means you should take action.

Running Windows XP SP3 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.
PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models,
So if that old PC you are running suddenly dies, you will be forced to move to something newer and it will be painful time consuming task.

What to do??
SWITCH TO A MAC with a Modern OS and Microsoft Office (OS X Mavericks is the worlds most advanced desktop operating system and its FREE)

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 security and management.
It also enables your organization to take advantage of latest technology trends such as virtualization and the cloud.

If you already use an iPhone or iPad, a Mac will feel instantly familiar. That’s because OS X and iOS have many of the same apps and features — Safari, Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Maps, and more. And thanks to iCloud, the apps on your Mac work together with the apps on your iOS devices.2 Whatever you do in apps like Mail, Contacts, and Calendar on your Mac happens on your other devices, too. So, for example, a contact or a calendar event you add on your iPhone also appears on your Mac. You can send driving directions from your Mac to your iPhone. Add a meeting to your calendar on your Mac and receive an alert on your iPad. Even start an iMessage conversation on your iPhone and finish it on your Mac.

So should companies continue running XP, even after support ends?

Unless money is no object, the short answer is “NO”. The cost of custom fixes could run into hundreds of thousands of dollars

Sewelltech has been providing solutions for Macintosh users in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex for almost 20 years. We are committed to providing the service and products necessary to assist our clients in their entire computer and technology needs. Our technical services range from simple desktop support and warranty work to developing a company wide network plan and executing it.

We can help you get the most out of your existing technology, plan for the future and invest in new technology. We can steer you away from flashy distractions that cost more than they’re worth and develop a plan that offers a clear return on your technology investments. We never recommend any technology until we understand your business, your budget and your priorities.

Contact Sewelltech we are here to help