Microsoft Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 Support Ends April 8th, 2014 – The final death nail

It means after April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as:

  • Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
  • Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: A recent industry report from Gartner Research suggests “many independent software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP in 2011; in 2012, it will become common.” And it may stifle access to hardware innovation: Gartner Research further notes that in 2012, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.

Windows XP is old and not safe for today’s use. But this will not stop the use of Windows XP worldwide. It would remain for atleast 6 more years that would be year 2020.

For people who are looking to move forward there is windows 7 and windows 8.1 . Those who are looking for stability and compatibility Windows 7 has it.

Windows 8.1 will take atleast one year to achieve such stability and compatibility. That would be in year 2015.

Leaving windows xp unpatched will cause huge increase in malware activity. More windows xp machines will be converted to bots controlled by devious people. Definitely companies who will stick to Windows XP will see security breach by malicious hackers.

We will see software companies decreasing support for windows XP. market share of Windows XP will decline because new bought computers will be using windows 7 and windows 8.1 . Within few years from 2014 you will see software’s that do not support Windows XP. This will leave XP users even more vulnerable to software exploits.

ATM using winodws xp will be hacked and money will be stolen using some new vulnerability.

As of October, 2013

Windows 7 –  40.42%

Windows XP –  27.21%

Windows 8 –  6.56%

Windows Vista –  3.16%

Windows XP market share is declining fast.