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In 2002 Microsoft introduced its Support Lifecycle policy based on customer feedback to have more transparency and predictability of support for Microsoft products. As per this policy, Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.
Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014, if your organization has not started the migration to a modern PC, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates
Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as:
· Security & Compliance Risks
· Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support
How will Microsoft help customers?
Enterprise Customers — Microsoft offers large organizations in-depth technical resources, tools, and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of Windows 7, Internet Explorer 9, and Office 2010. To learn more about migration and deployment programs, please contact your Microsoft sales representative or Certified Microsoft Partner. Learn how to pilot and deploy a modern PC with Windows 7 and Office 2010 yourself, download the free Microsoft Deployment Toolkitand begin deploying today
Small to Medium Business — There are many options for small and medium businesses considering moving to a modern PC with the latest productivity and collaboration tools. Small to mid-size organizations should locate a Microsoft Certified Partner to understand the best options to meet your business needs. If your current PC meets the system requirements for Windows 7, you can buy Windows 7 Professional from local retailer or Microsoft Certified Partner. If your PC does not meet system requirements, consider purchasing a new business PC with Windows Professional. If you’re ready to upgrade your productivity software, consider Office Professional 2010.
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