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Why is Microsoft ending support for Windows XP and Office 2003?
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.
Thus, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014.
What does end of support mean to customers?
It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, Windows XP will no longer receive software updates from Windows Update. These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. Windows Update also installs the latest software updates to improve the reliability of Windows -- new drivers for your hardware and more.
Why should I move to a Windows 8 Featured device if I am on Windows XP?
Windows XP support ends April 14, 2014, and with Windows 8 you'll get:
-Lower service and support costs
-Less security risk
-More choice in form factors, especially tablet form factors that mobile business professionals need, with touch screen and keyboard/touch input
-The power of apps for work and pleasure
-The ability to connect to your files, photos, people, and settings, on any of your devices running Windows 8
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