Microsoft recently announced the end date to the support of some of its older software, which includes Windows XP and Office 2003 and the Exchange 2003 version of its flagship email server.
In other words, these software packages will not receive continual security updates as they have been and could therefore become victim to a myriad of malicious attacks. On its website, Microsoft states “These include security updates that can help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information.”
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Of course, the software would still work if you wanted it to but this is the final death knell for Windows XP’s relevancy. More and more technology will come out that is incompatible with the older operating system and it’s been advisable for years to upgrade away from XP. Microsoft has been continuing its support of XP for 12 years, adding an extra two to its procedural 10 when Windows Vista was not much of a crowd pleaser.
Office 2003 users may be feeling a bit more put out, since the software still functions fine. Some users maintained this version of the software because it was the last before Microsoft changed the look to a “ribbon” that many hated. In addition to that, there was little reason to upgrade so it’s common to still function on Office 2003.
One thing to note though is that Exchange 2013 is not compatible with Outlook 2003, and Outlook 2013 is not compatible with Exchange 2003, which also ends support April 2014. We have reached the tipping point between “nice to upgrade” to “incompatible and will not work” migration needs.