After 10 years of support, fixes and updates, Microsoft has declared that Windows XP and Office 2003 will reach “end of life” on the 8th April 2014.

After this date Microsoft will no longer support these programs, meaning there will be no new security updates or content updates.

Even now, the Windows XP infection rate is ‘five times’ that of Windows 7 according to Microsoft’s 10th Security Intelligence Report.

The quarterly malware infection rate of Windows 7 was around half of the infection rate of Windows Vista service pack 2 and less than one fifth the infection rate of Windows XP. 64 bit versions of the operating systems were even less susceptible!

Ultimately, running Windows XP and Office 2003 after 8th April 2014 may expose you to potential risks such as:

  • Security and compliance risks
  • Lack of independent software vendor & hardware manufacturer’s support.
  • Instability
  • Bugs

It is strongly recommended that users migrate away from Windows XP as soon as possible, which will help to mitigate the risks that come with running on an unsupported platform.