Microsoft: Windows XP and Office 2003 Support to End in Two Years
Vendor urges IT departments to migrate now to Windows 7 and Office 2010, no longer providing mainstream support for Vista.
Microsoft Corp. last week warned business customers that it will stop supporting Windows XP and Office 2003 in two years--April 8, 2014 to be exact--and urged IT departments to start migrating to Windows 7 and Office 2010.
“Today, we want to acknowledge the two-year countdown to the end of Windows XP and Office 2003 support, which was this past Sunday,” said Stella Chernyak, Microsoft marketing director, in a blog post dated April 9.
“If you still have some PCs running Windows XP and Office 2003 in your organization, now would be a good time to start migrating them to Windows 7 and Office 2010,” she wrote.
Chernyak said that while “Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time,” technology needs have evolved since the vendor brought those applications to market in 2001.
“It is in a company’s – and its employees’ – best interest to take advantage of the modern Windows and Office software that is designed with these needs in mind,” she said.
Windows XP’s share of the desktop operating system market, pegged at about 55 percent a year ago, still stands at nearly 47 percent, compared to 37.5 percent for Windows 7, according to Net Applications, an Aliso Viejo, CA-based researcher.
Net Applications’ Netmarketshare report shows XP’s share actually increasing last month from 45.4 percent and Windows 7’s slipping from 38.1 percent.
The issue facing IT departments is whether to upgrade to Windows 7 now or wait until the expected debut of Windows 8 later this year.
Chernyak said that Microsoft isn’t recommending holding off.
“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,” she said.
She said that Microsoft is offering migration assistance with tools and resources and tips on how to make the most of Windows 7 and Office 2010.
Microsoft already has discontinued mainstream support for Windows Vista.