Yes, the apocalypse is happening. It’s April 9, 2014 and Microsoft has ended support for Windows XP.
The great news is that both your computer and your Office 2003 documents and Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook 2003 will continue to function just fine. The main drawback on this end of support is security vulnerabilities.
So, you have Windows XP and you’re wondering what this means to you, who still have Windows XP on your 10 year old laptop or desktop.
1. You can no longer call Microsoft Support if you have any Windows XP questions.
2. You will no longer get Windows updates every Tuesday, this includes updates to Internet Explorer versions that are supported on Windows XP. Internet Explorer 7 and 8 will no longer get updates.
3. Microsoft Security Essentials will no longer be updated. Many of you and definitely many of my clients use this as their primary protection against Viruses.
So, what to do?
1. Stop using Internet Explorer immediately on Windows XP.
2. Start using Firefox or Chrome. FYI – support for Chrome/Windows XP will end sometime in 2015. These browsers will continue to be supported.
3. Uninstall Microsoft Defender and Security Essentials.
Ultimately, we recommend you get a new computer (which will often require a new printer, possibly a new monitor as well) with Windows 7 (support ends in 2020) or Windows 8 (support ends in 2023).
Yes, in a sad/true story, the best Office Suite (in my opinion), Office 2003, has been “end of life’d” for support. This ended on 4/8/2014 as well. This Office Suite included Word 2003, Excel 2003, PowerPoint 2003, Outlook 2003, and Publisher 2003. The product will still work beautifully, but won’t have any future security updates. Side Note: I’ve yet to see a direct security attack come through MS Office product.