The End of XP

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Windows XP support ended 4/8/14. How does this affect you?
Simply, it means you should take action to move off of Windows XP. Effective April 8, 2014, there are no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks.

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What if I choose to stay on Windows XP and not migrate?
• Using XP after April 2014 is an “at your own risk” situation for any customers choosing not to migrate.
Are there good financial reasons to leave XP?
According to IDC:
•Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
•Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: Back in 2011, many independent software vendors (ISVs) were already unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP.
•Over a three-year timespan, organizations that make the move to a modern OS will see a 137% return on investment.
•When taking into account the time needed to manage XP systems relating to items such as downtime, malware, and other maintenance, Windows 7 increases productivity by up to 7.8 additional hours per year per worker.
•Annual costs on maintenance for systems running Windows 7 compared to XP drop by a massive $700/year.

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