Windows XP – End of life

Microsoft support for Windows XP ends tomorrow they are also ending support for Office 2003.

We’ve been asked by many of our clients what does this mean for their computer systems, well in basic terms it means that there will be no more security updates, non-security hotfixes and no free or paid assisted support options. Running Windows XP (or Office 2003) after tomorrow will expose your business 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.

If you would like further guidance on updating to a more modern operating system or would like us to prepare a quotation on completing the migration for you, please contact our offices on 01978 869 182.