Microsoft End of Support for products in 2014
Microsoft is finally about to pull the plug on a number of products this year. Many of them are firm favourites with IT professionals, as they work (which cannot be said for some recent releases). The following products will have support removed this year:
SharePoint Service 2.0 – 14th January 2014
Windows XP SP3 (all versions) – 8th April 2014
Office 2003 (all versions) – 8th April 2014
Exchange 2003 Standard Edition – 8th April 2014
ISA 2004 Standard Edition – 14th October 2014
One for the diary – Server 2003 / 2003 R2 Standard x86 – 14th July 2015
This effectively means that if you have an issue with any of the products listed above (and this also includes Windows Small Business Server 2003) then you are on your own as Microsoft will no longer provide support to resolve issues with the products.
If you are currently operating with any of the above products, then the time to start planning to change to newer versions is now. With Windows XP, many of the links for support have already been removed, however if you have fairly robust hardware, then the requirement for change should be based upon how well your current systems are holding up. Office 2003 users may benefit from additional features in Office 2013, but this should be a decision based on need rather than panic, as Office 2003 is a very good application suite with little or no issues.
Many hardware and software providers will follow suit too, as they will no longer provide support for newly released products such as printers and software for extinct operating systems. So if you’re planning to upgrade a software package, or get new printers, this needs to be done before they stop supporting the operating system.
If you need any advice on upgrading operating systems or software, please feel free to contact us
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