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Support for Windows XP has ended and ALL versions of Windows Server 2003 will lose support in 2015

Time to start upgrading Operating Systems and Licenses NOW

Author: Jennifer Levy/Wednesday, May 7, 2014/Categories: Announcements, Information Technology, Tech News

Windows XP-No further support from Microsoft

Technical assistance for Windows XP is no longer available, including automatic updates that help protect your PC. Microsoft has also stopped providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download on Windows XP. If you already have Microsoft Security Essentials installed, you'll continue to receive antimalware signature updates for a limited time. However, please note that Microsoft Security Essentials (or any other antivirus software) will have limited effectiveness on PCs that do not have the latest security updates. So PCs running Windows XP will not be secure and will still be at risk for infection.

If you continue to use Windows XP now that support has ended, your computer will still work but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Internet Explorer 8 is also no longer supported, so if your Windows XP PC is connected to the Internet and you use Internet Explorer 8 to surf the web, you might be exposing your PC to additional threats. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter more apps and devices that do not work with Windows XP.

Windows Server 2003-All versions will lose support in 2015

The technology landscape has undergone revolutionary change since Windows Server 2003. The rise of cloud computing, the exploding need for technology and the increasing reliance of business on data have created new demands on IT. To ensure that IT plays a strategic ongoing role in business success, Microsoft offers advances that drive more efficiency, and deliver new value with Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Azure, the foundation of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision.

So what’s happening to Windows Server 2003? On July 14, 2015, Windows Server 2003 extended support will cease. After this date, assisted support from Microsoft will no longer be available, including updates and patches. This change may mean that systems are open to security vulnerabilities and may no longer meet compliance requirements. Start building your plan to migrate away from Windows Server 2003 today.


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