Reminder: Windows XP and Office 2003 Soon De-Supported

In less than four months, Windows XP and Office 2003 will no longer be supported by Microsoft and the Windows Update services. MIT Information Services & Technology (IS&T) has also announced its de-support plan of Windows XP.

This means that if your computer is still running Windows XP and Office 2003 by April 8, 2014, it will no longer receive security updates. Security updates prevent flaws in the software code from being exploited by attackers. Software that is up to date with the latest patches is much less likely to be vulnerable to an attack.

Office 2003 includes SharePoint 2003, Visio 2003 and Project 2003. Exchange Server 2003 is also being de-supported.

Content Management Server 2002 will no longer be supported after April 8, 2014 and Microsoft XML Core Services 4.0 will no longer be supported after April 12, 2014.

It is recommended to upgrade as soon as possible. IS&T recommends users upgrade to Windows 7. Here are the guidelines for a Windows 7 migration.

NOTE: If you have a new machine, IS&T now offers full support for the business-class versions of Windows 8. Note that there are still some known issues with using Windows 8 in the MIT environment, such as PGP Desktop is not supported. These issues are reported on the Windows 8 Enterprise page.


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