Support is ending for Windows XP
As announced by Microsoft, support for Windows XP is ending on April 8, 2014. If your organisation is still running this OS version after support ends, you won’t get security updates for Windows and all PCs will be exposed leaving networks critically vulnerable.
According to VMware, 64% of enterprise companies and 52% of mid-sized companies still need to migrate off of Windows XP. In addition, companies that fail to implement a migration plan over the next months will risk not being able to maintain any new technology following deployment whilst many applications will no longer be supported while running on XP.
Microsoft also stated that running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your work 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.
• Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers 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.” And it may stifle access to hardware innovation: Gartner Research further notes that in 2013 most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.