Windows XP Retirement - MS Office Applications

April 15, 2014

On April 8th, Microsoft ended support for many of its popular applications including Windows XP and Office 2003. This means you will no longer receive new product or security updates. As a result, your business may be at risk for any new security vulnerabilities identified after April 8, 2014. Without these critical updates, your PC will be susceptible to attacks, which can cause downtime and put your private data at risk.


Upgrade to Office 2013


By upgrading to more recent Microsoft applications, you can:


  • Work More Securely - The newest Microsoft applications offer enhanced security features to protect your data.

  • Stay Supported - With older applications, you'll no longer have access to phone-based technical support.

  • Reduce Downtime - Lack of supported software increases the risk of business disruption.


For the last two years, technology experts have been talking about this. Microsoft announced that April 8, 2014 would serve as the end of life for Windows XP all the way back in February 2012. And 26 months later, we’ve finally arrived, with Microsoft officially ending all support — security patches, vulnerability fixes, and anti-malware updates included — for the outdated operating system.


Yet the numbers surrounding XP usage are astounding: NetMarketShare reports that, in March 2014, 27.69% of desktops were still running XP. Gartner predicts that more than 15% of businesses will still have XP running on one in ten PCs after April 8th. And an Evolve IP study released in January found that nearly one in five IT decision makers were totally unaware of XP’s impending expiration date.


Those blissfully oblivious decision makers make up one of three main groups using XP beyond April 8th. The other two include those who don’t care that support for XP is ending and those who rely on critical business applications that can only operate in an XP environment. For the latter group, some options are available: Windows 7 has a built-in XP Mode that provides the best of both worlds. But even then, Microsoft recommends only using XP Mode if your PC is disconnected from the Internet.


For the rest of the world’s Windows XP users, it’s time to face these 5 facts.


Sticking with the outdated OS…

  1. Endangers the stability and security of your business

  2. Leaves valuable long-term investment dollars hanging in favor of short-term savings

  3. Neglects major performance-boosting enhancements that come baked in to new versions of Windows

  4. Jeopardizes the efficiency of you and your employees

  5. And, since Microsoft has also ended support for Office 2003, threatens a whole range of documents and data


Here are 3 reasons why you need to rescue your business from XP’s flat-lining situation:

  1. To boost productivity. Windows XP debuted in 2001 — before smartphones, streaming audio, and social media even existed. Newer versions of Windows boast standard features like USB and Bluetooth that can exponentially improve your business’ efficiency.

  2. To enhance security. Sticking with XP means no more security patches, anti-malware updates, or vulnerability fixes from Microsoft — which means bad actors looking to exploit those weaknesses will abound. Moving to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, which are 21 times less likely to become infected than XP, equals a safer and more reliable technology environment.

  3. To save money. Yes, that move to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 requires up-front capital. But Microsoft estimates that such an investment can yield a return of $1,400 in three years — and lower long-term IT labor costs by 80-90% compared to Windows XP.

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