Microsoft on April 9th reiterated that Windows XP and Office 2003 will reach the end of support in just two years. "On April 8, 2014, we will officially end support for these versions of Windows and Office. Today, we want to acknowledge the two-year countdown to the end of Windows XP and Office 2003 support, which was this past Sunday," stated Microsoft.
Microsoft acknowledges that both XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time. And, if you still have some PCs running XP and Office 2003, now it is time to start migrating them to Windows 7 and Office 2010. For those thinking about waiting until Windows 8 is released before updated from Windows XP, Microsoft suggests,
"Not only is it important for companies to complete deployment before support runs out, but they should also be aware that by upgrading to Windows 7 and Office 2010 today they can gain substantial results today while laying the foundation for future versions of these products. And with over 525 million Windows 7 licenses sold since its release, many customers are already taking advantage of everything Windows 7 has to offer," Microsoft adds.
Microsoft plans on offering migration tips for those who are nervous about updating from Windows XP.
Microsoft has also officially announced the end of mainstream support for the Windows Vista operating system. "On April 10, 2012 -- Windows Vista's period of free, Microsoft-provided mainstream support comes to an end," reports ZDNet.
And those running still Vista are urged to upgrade to a newer operating system unless they want to pay a fee for support.
Ending mainstream support basically means that there will be no free support for the operating system. Windows Vista will continue to be in "extended support" until April of 2017, but that is limited to free security patches.
Those wishing for other updates and support will have to pay Microsoft a fee.