After 12 years, support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security
updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. It is very important that
customers and partners migrate to a modern operating system such as Windows 8.1. Customers moving to
a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for
a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved
management capabilities. Support for Office 2003 also ends on April 8, 2014.
It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide security
updates or technical support for Windows XP. Security updates patch vulnerabilities that may be
exploited by malware and help keep users and their data safer. PCs running Windows XP after April 8,
2014, should not be considered to be protected, and it is important that you migrate to a current
supported operating system – such as Windows 8.1 – so you can receive regular security updates to
protect their computer from malicious attacks.
Running Windows XP SP3 in your environment after April 8, 2104 may expose you to potential risks,
Security: Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become
vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your
business data and information. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once
Windows XP itself is unsupported.
Compliance: Businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA may
find that they are no longer able to satisfy compliance requirements. More information on HHS’s view
on the security requirements for information systems that contain electronic protected health
information (e-PHI) can be found here (HHS HIPAA FAQ – Security Rule).
Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Support: Many software vendors will no
longer support their products running on Windows XP as they are unable to receive Windows XP
updates. For example, the new Office takes advantage of the modern Windows and will not run on
Hardware Manufacturer support: Most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting
Windows XP on existing and new hardware. This will also mean that drivers required to run Windows XP
on new hardware may not be available.