End of Support for Windows XP and Office 2003

Windows XP is a great operating that many people have been using it for many years. However, it is time to move forward for a better operating system that gives us new opportunities. Microsoft Office 2003 is a great software that many people are enjoy It and use for their daily jobs , but we have to more forward for better opportunities. Many things been changed since Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 been launch and there are new opportunities which required new operating systems and new productivities software. When Windows XP been launched , there wasn’t much speak of Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Multi-touch , Advance Encryption and other topics which we are talking today. There was tablet PCs run on Windows XP Tablet PC Edition and it was very expensive not many people were using it. Today most people could afford  to buy a much more better tablet PC than the one was available in time of Windows XP with a cheaper price and with more features and functionalities. Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 are getting ready to say a goodbye to all of you and you should welcome a new operating system and new productivity software like Windows 8/Windows 8.1 and Microsoft Office 2013.

On April 8, 2014, you will get the last update and support for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 and from that day forward, there will NOT be any update, support or service for Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003, it means that:

 

  • If bad guys like hacker and cybercriminals find a new way to break into a system that is running Windows XP or Microsoft Office 2003, there won’t be any support to prevent it. Normally, when they find a new way or security researchers find a way or vulnerability in a system, they will release an update to address that issue. When you apply those updates, that bad guys couldn’t harm you anymore. When you don’t get any update your PC will become at risk of compromising by Hackers and other cybercriminals.

 

  • Other software products might stop their supports for Windows XP and you might not be able to use new version of most software.

 

  • If there is a technical problem or error in the system, there won’t be any fix or support for it. There might be unofficial supports and help from forums or achieve data but there is no formal or official way to resolve new problems.

 

You will be at high risk if in your company there are many PCs which are running Windows XP, because cybercriminals would definitely come after you and since there is no update for your operating system, they could gain complete access to it, which might bring a large damage to your company. For home users, it is an important matter, nobody wants their PC compromised by hackers and cybercriminals.

Since you still have a time before the last update for Windows XP, you should start thinking about upgrading to the latest version of Windows like Windows 8. If you are plan to buy a new PC, make sure it is running on Windows 8. If you are a company and you want to upgrade to Windows 8, you could contact Microsoft department in your country and ask for upgrade or purchase new license. Windows 8 is fundamentally secure and there are several security features inside Windows 8 that are not available in Windows XP, like Bitlocker, AppLocker, two-ways firewall, etc. If you are a student, ask your faculty and you might get a free or discounted version of Windows 8.

Same applies for Microsoft Office 2003, cybercriminals could send you a Microsoft Office document, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. and if you open it your PC might get infected or compromise, such a scenario been address through Microsoft Update and if you don’t get new updates your PC would be at risk. Therefore, think about getting the latest version of Microsoft Office, which is Office 2013.

For more details take a look at Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 Support Ends April 8, 2014 and start planning and get ready to move forward.

 

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