End of life for Windows XP and Office 2003 – Do You Have A Plan?

BYE-BYE-XPAs you may be aware, Windows XP and Office 2003 will end of life on 8th April 2014 and Microsoft reveal that the average organisation will take 18-32 months from deciding to start a software change through to implementation!
This, with less than 11 months left might cause a few issues for organisations that have yet to start planning for a move forward!

Now, we all loved Windows XP, and if you have read some of my other posts, you’ll realise that I am a BIG fan of Windows 8 anyway, and with Autodesk launching backward support for some products on Windows 8, this will help out if you are currently running prior versions under your Autodesk subscription.

Moving forward however might not be as simple as just upgrading office or your operating system though as some businesses have already experienced!
Don’t forget to look at your desktop and current IT infrastructure. Do a sanity check on business critical applications. Are they up to date, will they actually run on Windows 8 or Windows 7 or do they support the latest versions of office.

Also don’t neglect your other hardware such as Plotters, Printers and scanners etc… particularly if they are older. Are there drivers for them readily available for the newer version of office or operating systems?

If you are unsure of what end of life really means, it means that Microsoft will stop developing security patches for Windows XP and new threats will continue to impact it. Probably more pertinently, developers will stop making applications for it!
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