As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP and Office 2003.
As we near the end of 2013 many companies are well into the budgeting process for 2013 and beyond. Do you still have Windows XP or Office 2003 on some of your desktop systems? If so, you should consider allocating some funds in 2013 to replace your Windows XP systems and to upgrade Microsoft Office if you’re still running Office 2003.
Why does support matter? What it means is that as of April 2014 Microsoft will no longer issue security fixes to Windows XP or Office 2003.
Why should you care? New vulnerabilities - particularly in Windows - are always being discovered and, without these security fixes, your systems will no longer be secure. That could leave you vulnerable to hacks and attacks which could compromise your data.
Here’s a link to a Microsoft website with more information: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx
What should you plan to do? Get your desktops to Windows 7 and upgrade to Office 2010. Windows 8 has just come out and Office 2013 is just around the corner but don’t take those leaps just yet. Windows 8, in particular, will require an investment in staff training.