Support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 will expire soon!
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Support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 will expire soon!

Support for Windows XP, Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 will expire soon!

CRESCENDO & Microsoft are back with the announcement that no updates are available for Windows XP, Office 2003, and Exchange on April 8, 2014, and you will no longer receive security updates. Additionally, you will no longer be able to take advantage of the technical support provided by Microsoft.

In this context, we recommend upgrading to new versions of Windows 8 and Office 2013 / Office 365 respectively, modern solutions for your organization that you can benefit from in the office or on the move.

Why Windows 8? Benefits:

  • Discover a new era of PCs built for business
  • Improved security and performance
  • Uniform experience on PC, tablet or smartphone
  • Intelligent Bing Search on PC, Applications, or the Web;
  • Free online storage in Sky Drive, available in Windows 8.1;
  • Support and regular updates.

Why Office 2013? Benefits:

  • Simplify sharing mode;
  • Access important files anywhere;
  • Use Office on Demand as long as you are connected to the Internet;
  • Collaborate very quickly and easily;
  • Templates available in all Office components.

About end of support for Windows XP, Office 2003, and Exchange 2003

Using Windows XP, Office 2003, and Exchange 2003 after end of technical support will expose users to potential risks, such as security or lack of technical support from software developers and hardware manufacturers.

Regarding the consequences of this event on the business environment, companies are exposed to vulnerabilities that can have a significant impact on the business, with consequences that are difficult to quantify over time:

Security risks: In the absence of Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to viruses, spyware and other programs that affect the security and privacy of your company data. Anti-virus programs will no longer be able to provide full protection with the expiration of Windows XP support;

Software Issues: Many software and hardware vendors will withdraw support for products running on Windows XP, as updates will no longer be available. For example, the new Office is perfectly adapted to the modern Windows operating system and will not run on Windows XP;

Lack of support centers: In the event of problems, companies will no longer have access to technical support online / by telephone;

Downtime: The risk of a system crash and business disruption may increase as a result of the expiration of support and aging of the hardware systems running on Windows XP;

Risks of compliance with industry regulations: Unsupported systems and updates are vulnerable to security risks. This may cause problems in the case of an internal or external audit, leading to suspension of certifications and public notices about the failure of the organization to provide protection for systems and customer and partner information.

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