Here at Covvo we want to inform and keep our customers up to date. So we begin with informing you that there are some Microsoft software products that are coming to the end of support. It is a sad reality but it doesn’t always have a down fall. However, software does have a life cycle and eventually needs to be put to bed. Even if you are running it on the newest piece of cutting edge hardware at some point it’s no longer supported. And just in case you haven’t heard, the clock is ticking. There is a whole slew of end of support dates creeping ever closer, and it is time to start choosing an upgrade path now.
On the desktop side, Windows XP and Office 2003 are soon to be retired. On the server side, things get a little more confusing because of the wide variety of operating systems out there. The important thing to know for the purposes of this article is that Windows Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2003, two of Microsoft’s flagship pieces of server software, are coming up on End of Support (EOS) in less than 5 months.
End of Support means that a piece of software (and likely all the third party applications that have been installed around it) will stop receiving updates, patches, etc. Any bugs that didn’t get fixed in the last release will linger on forever. Your environment will be insecure. There won’t be plug-ins to support new applications or new versions of existing applications. And these are just some of the more obvious risks of using software that is past its EOS date.
You have until April 8, 2014 to get on top of Windows XP, Office 2003, and Server 2003.
Microsoft even created a handy little desktop widget for users to download so that they can’t forget XP’s upcoming End of Support even if they wanted to.
With all this said, do you want to learn more about how your business can benefit from upgrading to a more stable software with great new features to help manage and grow your business? We’d love to help you discover your options. Just call 1-866-894-4715 or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can get you on the right track to support or guide and implement your new versions. We look forward to hearing from you.