How the End of Support for Windows XP & Office 2003 Can Affect Your Business

How the End of Support for Windows XP & Office 2003 Can Affect Your Business

Social Studies | Posted by - April 2, 2014 at 1:00 am

Twelve years ago Microsoft launched a great operating system called Windows XP. Later that year Microsoft upped the ante on productivity by launching Office 2003. Both offerings, at that time, were innovative in their own right and enabled users of business desktop computers to churn out a plethora of documents that when printed via dot matrix could be faxed anywhere.

Fast forward to 2014 and you’ll notice that the business landscape has changed greatly. Over the years, the desktop personal computer was slowly replaced by the laptop or notebook. Even more recently, the current trend has moved towards tablet and smartphone utilization to quench need for instant gratification of information. Businesses of all sizes have learned to capitalize on pertinent information made available on the public cloud we call the World Wide Web or Internet. Some businesses have taken things a step further and have invited the private cloud into their businesses to be even more competitive.

So in a world where connectivity knows no bounds, why would your business run on older software?

We are in an age where “sliding down the dinosaur’s back at 5 p.m,” and calling it quits for the day no longer exists. Our business and personal lives crave balance and assurance to know that any information, regardless if it is work or personal, is able to be retrieved, absorbed and relayed at a moment’s notice. Can we expect 12-year-old software to be able to keep up?

Microsoft’s latest operating system offering, Windows 8.1, offers what I’d like to call “the dashboard to your life.” The ability to pin what is most important to you on the Windows 8.1 start screen and have the ability to simply glance at your life, whether it be personal or business. To have the fluidity to constantly update what is most important to you, such as your spouse updating the family calendar to let you know when your kid’s next event might be or notification of the lack of inventory available at your business to know that more stock is needed. Couple this ease of access with further advancement of security enablement to ensure your mobile devices keep information away from prying eyes and provide you peace of mind that your information is secure. Can 12-year-old software provide you the same confidence?

Office 365, Microsoft’s latest productivity offering, further enables Windows 8.1 by giving you the ability to access your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents securely from any device at any time. More importantly it offers you and your business choice. Want to save and access your documents all from one device? Done. Want to backup your important documents in a secure cloud offering to be accessed later? Done. Want the ability to seamlessly collaborate on documents with team members without costly server setups or technical implementations? Done. Want the freedom to access your important documents from any device at any time? Done. Do we really expect 12-year-old software to do the same?

On April 8th Microsoft officially retires support on Windows XP and Office 2003. Embrace mobility securely, harness the power of cloud services and enable your business to break through your competitors with Windows 8.1 and Office 365.

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Tags: microsoft, office 2003, office 365, software update, windows, profiles

Anthony Bartolo
As a Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Anthony Bartolo is responsible for educating and assisting people in creating efficiencies and understanding best practices in utilizing technology. Anthony regularly conducts conversations on Twitter at
Ted Strong
April 3, 2014 at 10:19 am
Great Article!
April 3, 2014 at 10:29 am
Nice Article
Sean Jamshidi
April 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm
Most of my clients used to be on xp and now instead of win8 they have chosen to stick with win7. Hopefully win9 will be better.
Anthony Bartolo
April 3, 2014 at 8:20 pm
Hi Sean. Microsoft will be releasing their Windows 8.1 Spring update on Tuesday April 8th. The update brings forth a great many updates to make Windows 8.1 more keyboard and mouse friendly. More information regarding the update can be found here:
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