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Windows XP support is ending. What do I do now?

Microsoft's support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 is ending April 8, 2014.  Have you upgraded to Windows 7 or newer? 

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 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 running late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. 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 happens if I don't upgrade?

Windows XP will still continue to work (and your programs too) but you will no longer receive any security updates or operating system patches from Microsoft, including if you contact Microsoft Support. 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 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. 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 Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: A recent industry report from Gartner Research suggests "many independent software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP in 2011; in 2012, it will become common." And it may stifle access to hardware innovation: Gartner 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.

Is it too late to get started?

Now is a great time to get started! It's not too late to get started planning your company's Windows upgrade!  There are many options for small and medium businesses considering moving to a modern PC with the latest productivity and collaboration tools. Small to mid-size organizations should locate a Microsoft Partner (like Arrow Technology Solutions) to understand the best options to meet their business needs. If your current PC meets the system requirements for Windows 7 or Windows 8, you can buy Windows 7 Professional or Windows 8 Pro from a local retailer. If your PC does not meet system requirements, consider purchasing a new business PC with Windows 8 Pro.

How can I get help with my upgrade?

Our team can help you develop an upgrade plan that will not only prepare you for Windows 7 or later, but it will also help you with planning future technology upgrades.

Upgrade to Windows 8

Windows 8, the latest desktop operating system from Microsoft, is now available!  It's the most reliable version of Windows to date, plus it's packed with many time-saving features and capabilities!

Windows re-imagined.

  • Built on a rock solid foundation
  • Includes the new Start screen which lets you do more, faster
  • Interact with Windows in more ways than ever! Windows 8 supports touch, keyboard and mouse
  • Includes the familiar Windows desktop
  • Runs all the apps you want
  • Discover new apps in the Windows Store
  • Cloud-connected
  • Runs on a wide range of hardware

Amazing new hardware

Experience Windows in a whole new way through new devices that are thinner, lighter and more innovative.

Devices certified for Windows 8 will often include these features:
  • Touch, keyboard and mouse
  • Thinner, lighter, faster
  • Longer battery life
  • Advanced security
  • Sensors and extensibility
  • Certified to high standards
  • Tablets and convertibles
  • Notebooks, desktops and all-in-ones

Not ready for Windows 8?

if you purchase your Windows 8 upgrade through Microsoft's Open Value licensing program, you're entitled to run any version of Windows with your Windows 8 license!  This means, that you can upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 now, then upgrade to Windows 8 when you're ready.

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