We wanted to let you know about some important changes coming up next month (April 2014) in relation to Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.
Microsoft are dropping support for all of these products (they are some 11+ years old now, it really is time to move on folks), which in simple terms means they will no longer release security updates for them.
If a vulnerability is found in any of these products which exploits your system, Microsoft won’t be releasing any updates (which you normally get via Windows Updates) to fix it – which could leave your system and business exposed.
We’re not saying your computers running these products will instantly implode once Microsoft ends their support, but we are saying you should consider the following carefully:
Ensure your computers are running up-to-date Anti Virus software
Plan your budget over the upcoming months to replace any Windows XP computers
Speak to us about your Microsoft Office versions, as we can advise on upgrades
Speak to us about a possible server replacement or migration to a new system (for those of you running Microsoft Exchange 2003)
For those of you running Small Business Server 2003 (don’t worry if you’re unsure, just give us a shout and we’ll advise you) the email system is Microsoft Exchange 2003, which will be dropped by Microsoft. The server platform itself will still be supported for around a further twelve months though.
Whilst we’re mindful of the potential costs to your business, clinging on to software which is older than some of our staff (well not quite!), will end up costing you productivity and efficiency in the long run.
If you’re unsure if your running Windows XP, Office 2003 or Exchange 2003 please let myself, Jon or Anthony know and we’ll talk you through checking your computer.
Likewise if you any other questions, just let us know.
Thanks again for your support.
Gavin and the team @ Lucid Towers