Support for Windows XP and
Office 2003 has ended

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Windows Update notification to all Windows XP users

In the interest of educating all our customers about Windows XP end-of-support, Windows Update will send a pop-up dialog box to reachable Windows XP machines with an end of support notification. The notification will state, “Learn about the end of support for Windows XP (April 8, 2014).” This notification will be sent on the 8th of each month at 3pm local time.
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We want you to know that the notification is genuine. If you don’t want to see the notification again, please click “Do not show this message again” to stop the notification from recurring.
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Modern Experiences using Modern Devices

These videos showcase the advantages of migrating to the latest Microsoft platform.

How does “End of Support” affect my business?

We won’t sugarcoat it: If you are still running Windows XP you are putting your business at risk —and please don’t believe anyone who claims that quick fixes can replace a critical OS update. There are genuine and important issues you should be aware of:

  • Security risk
  • Software issues
  • Discontinued support
  • Downtime

Without critical updates, your PC will be susceptible to attacks that take advantage of vulnerabilities. These attacks not only cause downtime but can also put your customers’ information or your own business data at risk.

Most software and hardware vendors no longer support products that are running on Windows XP, as they are unable to get Windows XP and Office 2003 updates.

Because our updates often fixed problems before you were aware of them, you may have never needed our tech support. But now that these updates have stopped, new problems may arise—only now there will be no one to contact for tech support.

The risks of system failure and business disruption could increase because of the End of Support, lack of supported software, and aging hardware running Windows XP. Even a system running an updated anti-virus or modern browser is not safe from potential issues that may cause downtime.

Get Modern with Windows 8.1 and Office 365: Best platform for business

Protecting you and your business is our first priority. It’s also important for us to help you make the right IT decision and give your business the best chance at success. Here are four key reasons why small- and mid-sized businesses are choosing Windows 8.1 and Office 365—the modern Microsoft platform:
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You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers!

  • Can I keep my system safe by changing my web browser or anti-virus?
  • Can I protect myself by permanently disconnecting my device from the Internet?
  • Do I need to buy all new hardware?
  • Can I migrate my important applications?

Updating to a new web browser or anti-virus software is not enough to protect your business and may only give you a false sense of security. An unsupported OS will leave you vulnerable to external threats. In fact, a new browser with apps and extensions can introduce new areas for attacks on your system.

Being disconnected to an internal network, or using a USB or CD to transfer information, may reduce the attack surface but will still leave you vulnerable to several types of attacks once support ends. Aside from a few special situations, keeping your Windows XP machine in a sealed room on its own is not the right choice for your business.

Not necessarily. Depending on the age of the device you are using, you may be able to simply update to Windows 8.1 and Office 365. We would recommend at least checking out new hardware though, either because your existing hardware is old (and slow), or because you want the flexibility to work in newer, more mobile ways that new devices enable. You can use the Windows Upgrade Assistant or contact a Microsoft Partner to help make the right decision for your particular situation.

Often, you can. A few old apps may not work on the new Windows. In those cases you can work with the software vendor to get an updated version of the app—which will usually come with additional features and capabilities. In the rare cases where an update is not available, we recommend you work with your Partner or locate a replacement app in the Windows store. Check for app compatibility information in the Windows Compatibility Center.

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers!

Can I keep my system safe by changing my web browser or anti-virus?
Updating to a new web browser or anti-virus software is not enough to protect your business and may only give you a false sense of security. An unsupported OS will leave you vulnerable to external threats. In fact, a new browser with apps and extensions can introduce new areas for attacks on your system.
Can I protect myself by permanently disconnecting my device from the Internet?
Being disconnected to an internal network, or using a USB or CD to transfer information, may reduce the attack surface but will still leave you vulnerable to several types of attacks once support ends. Aside from a few special situations, keeping your Windows XP machine in a sealed room on its own is not the right choice for your business.
Do I need to buy all new hardware?
Not necessarily. Depending on the age of the device you are using, you may be able to simply update to Windows 8.1 and Office 365. We would recommend at least checking out new hardware though, either because your existing hardware is old (and slow), or because you want the flexibility to work in newer, more mobile ways that new devices enable. You can use the Windows Upgrade Assistant or contact a Microsoft Partner to help make the right decision for your particular situation.
Can I migrate my important applications?
Often, you can. A few old apps may not work on the new Windows. In those cases you can work with the software vendor to get an updated version of the app—which will usually come with additional features and capabilities. In the rare cases where an update is not available, we recommend you work with your Partner or locate a replacement app in the Windows store. Check for app compatibility information in the Windows Compatibility Center.

Making the switch is easy

Moving off of Windows XP and Office 2003 couldn’t be easier. With the special offers, migration assistance, and other helpful tools found here, your switch to Windows 8.1 Pro and the new Office will be a snap.
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Buy new PCs

Do you have a PC running Windows XP that’s more than 3 years old? If so, you’re missing out on the enhanced speed, security, and dependability of today’s modern devices.

Upgrade existing PCs

Looking to upgrade a current PC running Windows XP. The easiest way to upgrade is through volume licensing, which can be purchased from your local Microsoft partner.

Get the new Office

Getting your business and PC modern is not complete without the new Office.

More Help

Need an IT partner? Nervous about migrating years and years of business data? Maybe you just have a few questions for us. Here, you’ll find all the help and tools you need.