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Windows XP and Office 2003 End-of-Support Update

It is now just under a month until Windows XP and Office 2003 will no longer be fully supported by Microsoft. If you are running either XP or 2003, you need to upgrade now.

Why? Microsoft expects a 66% rise in malware attacks on Windows XP once updates (and security patches) are no longer provided for the software. They base this number on what they observed with the expiration of support for Windows XP Service Pack 2 in July of 2010.

Microsoft plans to release one “critical” and two “very important” patches to Windows XP in March, leaving only one more opportunity to block vulnerabilities in the operating system before support ends.

Windows XP is still running on almost 30% of computers world-wide, and security professionals and Microsoft are becoming increasingly concerned over the potential for widespread malware attacks. Hackers are expected to study patches on currently supported operating systems for clues on vulnerabilities in Windows XP.

Starting this past weekend Microsoft said they would begin to present a pop-up window to XP machines with automatic updates enabled reminding users to upgrade, and they will continue presenting the pop-up even after the April 8th end-of-support date.

The capabilities, security, and performance of the software has improved markedly in the past ten years, as you might expect. Your devices, your network, and your business will run better with the latest software. Please give us a call to find how to upgrade now.

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