Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003 both go out of support on April 8, 2014. We are advising all clients to start planning now for the transition. When the software goes out of support, you will stop receiving security updates, and although your systems will still work, you'll be out of compliance for the Massachusetts Data Security Law as well as many other industry-specific security regulations.
This change is part of the standard Microsoft Support Lifecycle, but the countdown is now getting serious.
Now is the time to take a look at your technology inventory and identify systems that will need to move to Windows 7. As a general rule for businesses, we advise that if a system is three or more years old, it is generally better to replace the entire system than simply installing a new operating system. Although Windows 8 is also available, for most business applications we are currently recommending Windows 7.
Plan to develop a migration schedule during the month of September, so you'll have plenty of time to phase in new systems at a reasonable pace before the April deadline.