On April 8th of 2014 Microsoft will cease support of Windows XP. Why is this important, and why should I care? We’ve answered a few questions for you that might get you thinking about why it’s important to upgrade to a later version of Windows.
What does it mean if Windows XP is “no longer supported”?
The biggest issue with an unsupported version of Windows is that it will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. Software updates play an important role in insuring your system runs efficiently and securely. Windows Updates typically include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Updates also include the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows—new drivers for your hardware and more.
How often are updates applied anyway?
Microsoft releases updates typically once a month, on the second Tuesday (‘Patch Tuesday). If your computers are managed by us through our Partek360 Managed Services program, then the updates are monitored and managed through our control center. If you are not on our Partek360 program then updates may or may not be applied on a regular basis.
Will my computer still work after April 2014?
Yes. Computers running Windows XP will still start and run as they did before, however as they will not be receiving updates on a regular basis they will more than likely pose a security and maintenance risk on your network. This could lead to downtime as a result.
What other programs will Microsoft end support for in April 2014?
Microsoft will also be ending support for Office 2003, including all of the applications in the 2003 office suite, such as Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint etc. The same security and reliability risks effect this product with the end of support.
So what should I do?
Your technology plays a vital part of the successful operation of your business. Reliable and secure computers ensure less downtime, less expense on your technology, and a more efficient business. We are advising our clients to plan for the upgrade and replacement of hardware running Windows XP with either Windows 7 or Windows 8, depending on the situation and use of those machines.
For more information on the end of Windows XP and Office 2003 support, you can check out the dedicated website from Microsoft, or contact us.