It’s been over 12 years since the release of Windows XP, and the business world has changed immeasurably since then. Microsoft’s extended support for Windows XP ended on April 8, 2014. Microsoft will no longer release any security patches or updates for Windows XP.
Windows XP was released on August 24, 2011 and has been widely deployed in homes and corporate environments alike. In 2002, Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. Per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support) at the supported service pack level.
Thus, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 went out of support on April 8, 2014. If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late. Most of these devices are connected to the network, so simply disconnecting them is not an option. In addition, many of these devices are running old and proprietary applications that may not work on a newer operating system such as Windows 7 or 8.
What To Do
In an ideal world, your systems would already be off XP — or you would be well on your way to migration. However, some of us have inherited this problem and must find a solution that not only addresses it but does so in a cost-effective manner. Ideally, you will even have the opportunity to make technical improvements in your infrastructure, enhance security and manageability of your systems, and provide your staff with a more efficient computing environment.