Windows XP and Office 2003 have been around for a long time – over 12 years in fact. That is an immensely long life span for computer software and is a reflection on the success of the original product.
However all good things must come to an end and in fact today there are many disadvantages to running Windows XP, chief among them being the increased cost of doing so (read our previous news article ‘Windows XP PCs cost 5 times more to manage than those with Windows 7’). Office 2003 is now also considered vulnerable to security breaches and is also exposed to compatibility issues with modern applications.
Microsoft will officially withdraw support for both products on April 8 2014, at which point patches and operating system security updates will no longer be available. Most independent software vendors will also likely start to withdraw support of their applications for these platforms as well.
Upgrading your desktop infrastructure now will allow you to benefit from the increased stability and speed of running Windows 7 or 8, better productivity for your staff and the peace of mind that your system will be protected against security breaches.
Furthermore by upgrading to the latest version of Office you will be able to benefit from the new subscription based Office 365 licensing that allows you to access the same office experience from virtually anywhere. Call us on 0845 507 0846 to find out more.