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Why You Need to Upgrade Your Windows XP System Before April 8, 2014

By March 19, 2014IT Services
Windows XP Network services SWK Tech

Windows XP, Office 2003, and Exchange Server 2003 will reach end of life on April 8, 2014, meaning that all computers running these programs will be vulnerable. Do you know if you’re running XP?

Microsoft has announced the April 8, 2014 end-of-life for Microsoft Windows XP. What does this mean?

On April 8, 2014, Windows XP users will be left unprotected when Microsoft stops support and stops issuing critical support updates. 

More threats have targeted Windows XP in the past two years than in any other time throughout XP’s ten years of life. As of April 8, 2014 security patches will no longer be published by Microsoft and the influx of security breaches and infected machines may affect you because so many Windows XP machines are still in production.

In addition, point of sale systems on Windows XP will be non-compliant with PCI Data Security Standards requirements and outdated Windows XP systems will serve as an open invitation to hacker’s attacks.

What does this mean for me?

Older systems, as you know, cannot easily handle today’s security threats. Without critical support updates, your PCs could be vulnerable to malicious software and compliance issues.

Don’t know if you’re running XP?

Click here to run a quick check, provided by Microsoft.

 

Also on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will also stop providing active support for Office 2003 and Exchange Server 2003.

Here’s some good news
Getting current with the latest versions of Windows and Microsoft Office helps you modernize your business and dramatically simplify everyday tasks:

  • Bring together critical aspects of your business and gain a consistent experience across a wide array of devices that you use at home, in the office, or on the go with Windows 8.1.
  • Increase productivity and access applications and files from virtually anywhere with Office 365.
  • Access business email, calendar, and contacts on your PC, phone, and web browser with Exchange Online.

How can I keep my business safe?

To discuss what the end of support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange Server 2003 means for your business and to discuss special offers related to upgrading your systems, please feel free to call or email me.

Matthew Hahn
Vice President
Network Services
973-758-6106
matthew.hahn@swktech.com

SWK Technologies, Inc.