Many small businesses and entrepreneurs may still use the computing stalwarts Windows XP and Office 2003. However, according to an announcement today, September 9 from Easthampton, Mass.-based Hogan Technology, Microsoft is dropping support for Windows XP and Office 2003 as of April 8, 2014.
Windows XP and Office 2003 have been the backbone for many small businesses and entrepreneurs for the past decade. But with Microsoft's announcement comes a need to upgrade, as running obsolete technology is much more dangerous to an enterprise than running technology that is merely outdated. Part of discontinuing support means discontinuing patches and upgrades, which leaves computers open to viruses and malware.
Less urgent but also pressing is the need for support, which ranges from troubleshooting to live calls. Once Microsoft discontinues support for Windows XP and Office 2003, entrepreneurs and small businesses will be unable to call upon the company when issues arise within the software or operating system.
Fortunately, companies running Windows XP and Office 2003 have seven months to upgrade their systems.