On April 8, 2014 two Microsoft products – Windows XP and Office 2003 – will reach "end of support". End of support refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance for these products.
What Does This Mean?
End of support is significant for a number of reasons. First, this means that Microsoft will no longer be a support option should complex issues arise surrounding the software.
Secondly, Microsoft will no longer provide security hotfixes or any patches for these systems. This means that any security vulnerabilities left in these systems will no longer be addressed by Microsoft and calls to their support will not be worked.
The longer workstations keep Windows XP and Office 2003 versions the more vulnerable they become to virus/malware/rootkit infestations and risk potential data compromise.
What Should I Do?
If you haven’t already, now is the time to start planning to have your systems upgraded. At Eze Castle Integration, we are working with clients to set an upgrade timetable for their systems.
It is important to note that, as of now, Bloomberg software is not supporting Office 201. Therefore, Bloomberg users may select to have any new PCs downgraded to Outlook 2010. Bloomberg’s September 2013 release notes for their software state a TBA answer for support of Office 2013.
If you are an Eze Castle Integration client, please contact your client manager with any questions.
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