Microsoft Announces End of Support for XP, Office 2007
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According to a recent statement out of Microsoft, support for their very popular XP operating system and MS Office 2003 edition will finally becoming to an end in about two years.
This leaves CIOs and Senior IT directors about two years to prepare to upgrade their enterprise. April 8, 2014 is the last day both the OS and productivity suite will receive security upgrades, says Microsoft Marketing Director Stella Chernyak in a recent blog post.
This means Microsoft wants consumers and businesses that aren’t already using their latest operating system, Windows 7, to plan for and make the upgrade over the next two years. Chernyak also remarked, “Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted.”
Microsoft has already showcased the way for the next version of desktop computing named Windows 8.
The operating system represents a whole new approach to desktop computing for Microsoft. It is a hybrid OS with functionality for both desktop and tablet computer users to embrace both stationary and mobile use. So far the early beta releases of Microsoft version 8 have received very favorable reviews by testers.
Some are some key features included in Windows 8:
1. Support for both x86 PCs and ARM tablets
2. Touch-centric, Tiles-based User Interface
3. Web Navigation by Touch
4. Two Touch Keyboards ( conventional plus thumbs typing )
5. Native USB 3.0 Support
6. Better Support for Multiple Monitors
Ultimately, the promise of Windows 8 functionality will make it easier to administrate the many devices now running across the consumerized IT enterprise. CIOs have been seeking this for years.
Windows XP was first released in 2001 and is Microsoft’s longest-running OS and will be over 12 years old by the time it reaches its end of it product support lifecycle.