On April 8, 2014, Windows XP and Office 2003 support will come to an end. Microsoft has chosen to push forward and focus on giving the best resources possible to support their newer technology, as opposed to continuing to support outdated, old technology.
They will no longer offer technical phone assistance, there will no longer be automatic software updates, and there will be less security for the user because of this lack of updates.
What does this mean to you? Well your computer with Windows XP will still run, but at what cost? Without support, who will you call for help if you lose everything? What if the lack of software updates means your computer gets flooded with viruses?
If you run a business and your computer systems are running Windows XP or Office 2003, it would be wise to consider upgrading. Depending on how much data you have, (protected customer information, sales history, etc), it could take months to have this data backed up and your computer systems updated.
So how do you get started? There are a number of things you can do. First, ensure that your data can be backed up and safe from threat. Second, determine whether your current computers will operate with a newer version of Windows (Some older computers may not support them), or whether you will need to purchase new computer systems altogether.
Sounds pretty drastic, doesn’t it? Luckily for you, you can probably find computer systems today that are much cheaper than systems used to be when you purchased what you are using now. And while it may seem drastic, imagine exposing hundreds, or even thousands of your client’s confidential information to potential threats! Contact your local Computer Services support technician if you need to upgrade your current software or hardware. Depending on how much data you require to be backed up, you could be getting started just in the nick of time.
Written by Michelle Breau