Posted by: kurtsh | December 14, 2011

NEWS: Windows XP & Office 2003 end-of-lifeing in 27 months

One of my TAMs sent a mail out to our customers and I thought this part was exceptionally important for people to understand:

imageWindows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will no longer be supported from April 8, 2014 onwards. After this date, Microsoft will not provide any public support for these products, including security patches, non-security hotfixes or incident support.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as: 

  • Security & Compliance Risks – Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
  • Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Support – A recent industry report from Gartner Research suggests "many independent software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP in 2011; in 2012, it will become common". And it may stifle access to hardware innovation: Gartner Research further notes that in 2012, most PC hardware OEMs will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models. See Creating a Timeline for Deploying Windows 7 and Eliminating Windows XP SP3, June 2011.

Do the math:

  • If your company has 10,000 desktops, assuming you start right now, you will need to deploy 370 Windows 7 desktop images every month, or 75 desktops a week in order to make the April 2014 deadline.
  • If your company has 3,000 desktops, you need to be able to deploy 111 Windows 7 desktop images each month.

Ask yourself:  Could you do this?  Do you have the time & the manpower?


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