January 9, 2014

Potential business implications of running Windows XP or Office 2003

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for the decade-old Windows XP as well as Microsoft Office 2003. This means you will no longer receive updates, including security updates, for Windows XP from Microsoft.

The security and privacy implications of this event could have significant impacts on your business, so if you’re running Windows XP or Office 2003 you should plan to take action soon.

Security risk

Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is unsupported.

Software issues

Many software and hardware vendors will no longer support their products that are running on Windows XP as they are unable to get the Windows XP and Office 2003 updates. For example, the new Office leverages the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP.

No one to call

When problems arise, online and phone-based technical support will unfortunately no longer be available to assist you or your IT partner, leaving you on your own to deal with the problem.


The risks of system failure and business disruption could increase because of the end of support, lack of supported software, and the increasing age of hardware running Windows XP.

What action to take?

Upgrade existing PCs: Looking to upgrade a current PC running Windows XP. The easiest way to upgrade is through volume licensing, which can be purchased from your local Microsoft partner.

Get the new Office: Getting your business and PC modern is not complete without the new Office. The new Office works great across all your devices, with its modernised, clean, and fluid user interface.”

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