Microsoft has decided that Windows XP and Office 2003 productivity suite support will be discontinued in 2 years. In addition, Microsoft stated, that Windows vista won’t be supported mainstream on April 10th. Extended support phase means that registered users will receive only security patches, while organizations that have support contracts with the company will receive all other fixes, including reliability and stability updates.
Company spokesman said in a blog post that Windows XP and Office 2003 will no longer be supported from April 8, 2014. Microsoft will stop providing security updates for XP and Office 2003 on that date.
However, XP was will be maintained for twelve years and five months – that means it will become the Microsoft longest-lived OS. The previous longest supported system was Windows NT, because it was supported for 11 years and 5 months.
Windows XP was put on sale in October 2001, while Office 2003 was launched in October 2003. Both software’s had a great success, but the technology environment has shifted. Still, some old customers will continue to use XP even after it will be retired.
Microsoft urges users to upgrade to Windows 7 now. If you haven’t started a migration in your company – you are late. Referring to enterprise OS migration data, it should take about 18 to 32 months to migrate to a new OS