Microsoft is ending support for the Windows XP operating system and Office 2003 product line on April 8, 2014. After this date, these products will no longer receive:
- Security patches which help protect PCs from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.
- Assisted technical support from Microsoft
- Software and content updates
Microsoft will send "End of Support" notifications to users of Windows XP who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update. Users in organizations using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), System Center Configuration manager, or Windows Intune will not receive the notification.
Computer systems running unsupported software, such as Windows XP, are exposed to an elevated risk to cyber security dangers, such as malicious attacks or electronic data loss.
Users may also encounter problems with software and hardware compatibility since new software applications and hardware devices may not be built for Windows XP or Office 2003.
Computers operating Windows XP with SP3 or running Office 2003 products will continue to work after support ends. However, using unsupported software may increase the risk of viruses and other security threats.
Users have the option to upgrade to a currently supported operating system or office productivity suite. The Microsoft "End of Support" pages for Windows XP and Office 2003 offer additional details.
There are software vendors and service providers in the marketplace who offer assistance in migrating from Windows XP or Office 2003 to a currently supported operating system or office productivity suite.
Users who choose to continue using Windows XP after the end of support may mitigate some risks by using a web browser other than Internet Explorer.
Users can visit the Microsoft support website for additional details.