The End Is Near! (Windows XP Support)

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003

Put away the gas masks. This isn’t an apocalyptic warning for doomsday preppers. It is however, a warning if you’re running Windows XP or Office 2003 on your PC.66128_how-prepped-are-you_wpqcl4sp5hrctsdllz4ccbpndxncurxrbvj6lwuht2ya6mzmafma_640x360

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will pull the plug on supporting XP and Office 2003.


Traditionally Microsoft offers a minimum of ten years of support for their Business and Developer products. This includes 5 years of Mainstream support and 5 years of Extended support.


Security & Compliance Risks

After April 8, new security updates will not be available as well as no new non-security hot fixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

This can definitely cause security and compliance risks. Unsupported environments are extremely vulnerable to security threats. Also, certain browser and custom applications that were compatible with XP may not migrate to the updated operating systems.

Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support

Gartner Research published an industry report that suggested “many independent software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP in 2011; in 2012, it will become common.” Gartner Research also stated that many PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PCs. os_windows_xp

If you haven’t made a plan to migrate, you need to move quickly. According to Microsoft, historical deployment data shows the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months.


Ok, so you’re running XP. Here’s how you can get help. Below are some tips to help before the April 8 deadline.

Quick Tips:

  • Contact an IT expert (like 3coast) to learn about any compatibility issues with browser and custom applications when you migrate from XP.
  • Talk to a Certified Microsoft Partner (like 3coast) about migrating to an updated operating system.

 Windows XP Fun Facts

  • Retail release- October 2001
  • Available in 25 languages
  • Took 600 days to developwindows-xp-bliss
  • The default Windows XP background is a real photograph
  • Over 400 million copies sold
  • XP is short for eXPerience, highlighting the enhanced user experience

If you need help or more information, contact 3coast today at 281.956.2260 or visit the website at

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