Windows XP And Office 2003 No Longer Be Available

Last update: 08/04/2014

A tech review by Yuneswari Muniandy

Window XP has officially been released for retail sale on October 25, 2001. Microsoft has provisded hold up for Windows XP for the past 12 years.

Starting from April 8th 2014, Microsoft is discontinuing support for its Windows XP operating system and Office 2003. Users will no longer be able to get technical assistance for XP, and all automatic updates will bring to an end.

Microsoft will stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download as well. "If your organization has not started the migration to a modern desktop, you are late," warned its website.

If users wish to continue Windows XP after support ends, the user's computer will still function, but it might become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses.

Currently, software and hardware platforms maintain to optimize for more up to date versions of Windows.

"To ensure you remain on supported versions of Windows and Office, you should begin your planning and application testing immediately to ensure you deploy before end of support," it said on its website.

Meanwhile, Windows XP anti-malware supports extended to 2015. To make sure that users will continue to receive important security updates for Windows, users should be advised to upgrade to a later version of Windows, such as Windows 7 and so on.

-- BERNAMA