Windows XP and Server 2003 support expiring soon

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Microsoft have announced that both Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 will soon reach their “end of life”.  In official terms, this means that Microsoft will no longer offer support or service pack updates for these products.

Centrix recommends that all of our customers using Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 review and upgrade their operating system as a result.

What does end of support mean?
End of support means there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or technical content updates. It also means that other application vendors such as McAfee, Trend, ShadowProtect, Symantec, etc may no longer offer support for their product should it be installed on an unsupported Microsoft platform.

What are the risks?
Running Windows XP or Office 2003 after the end of support date may expose your company to potential risks as unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks such as viruses, spyware and hackers. You also risk having problems with the other software installed on your computer, as it may no longer be compatible.

What are the upgrade options?
Windows XP can be upgraded to either Windows 7 or Windows 8.
Office 2003 can be upgraded to Office 2010 or Office 2013.

What’s next?
We recommend for Centrix to complete a quick audit of your network to determine exactly which machines need to be upgraded. We can then create a plan to have all computers either upgraded or replaced before April 2014.

Contact us to discuss or arrange an upgrade