Reference: End of service for Windows XP and Office 2003
We are writing to you regarding Microsoft’s longstanding plans to end support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in 2014 and how that will affect your business. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide hot fixes, product updates, and security patches for Windows XP and Office 2003. This could affect your internal network security and regulatory compliance and potentially expose customer, partner, employee and organizational information. That’s why we recommend that your business update its Windows platform as soon as possible.
The world of work has changed tremendously since the launch of Windows XP and Office 2003, with trends like mobility, Bring Your Own Device and Consumerization of IT presenting both opportunities and business challenges for our customers. We are proud and privileged that you have chosen Microsoft as a partner in your success, which includes the process of modernizing your Windows platform.
While April 2014 may seem far away, we both know that changing infrastructure is a time-consuming activity, requiring extensive planning and preparation. I want to make sure that your company has migrated from Windows XP and Office 2003 well before April 2014, and that you are using modern technologies like Windows 8 and Office 2013, which are proven to be safer, and also more economical to operate.
Any change is difficult, and moving from Windows XP and Office 2003 is no exception. A lot has changed in the decade since Windows XP was released; there are much better tools to help manage your environment (desktops, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and even employee-owned devices), and help automate the migration process as much as possible. Please do leverage our experience and expertise to decide on the best migration strategy for your organization.
For more information, please visit: www.microsoft.com/endofsupport, which contains additional information on the options available to you, as well as pointers to a variety of helpful resources.
In closing, we want to ensure that we are partnering effectively with you during this transition. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us at any time.
Thank you very much, and with my best regards,
Synergy IT Solutions Inc.