Some of you are going to have to grudgingly upgrade to a new operating system soon – as of April 8, Microsoft is closing the door on the Windows XP era, ending support for that operating system and for Office 2003.
Consider this Microsoft’s not-so-subtle way of telling slowpokes/XP loyalists to get with the program. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer offer any sort of tech support for XP. That might not be a huge deal for some, but no more security fixes or hotfixes will probably be a dealbreaker. And, for those who use XP for their businesses, Microsoft points out that most independent software vendors are probably going to stop ensuring XP support in their new products. In other words, Microsoft is telling you it’s time to let go.
Naturally, Microsoft will be there to help you through these troubled times. They’re offering support to help businesses make the switch to Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, for the brave souls ready to leap into the future – er, present.