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Support for Windows XP and Office 2003 ends

On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for the decade-old Windows XP. This means you will no longer receive updates, including security updates, for Windows XP from Microsoft. Support of Microsoft Office 2003 will also be ending on the same date.

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Potential business implications

The security and privacy implications of this event could have significant impacts on your business, so if you're running either of these products you should plan to take action soon.

Without critical Windows XP security updates, your PC may become vulnerable to harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software which can steal or damage your business data and information. Anti-virus software will also not be able to fully protect you once Windows XP itself is unsupported.

Many software and hardware vendors will no longer support their products that are running on Windows XP as they are unable to get the Windows XP and Office 2003 updates. For example, the new Office leverages the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP.

When problems arise, online and phone-based technical support will unfortunately no longer be available to assist you or your IT partner, leaving you on your own to deal with the problem.

The risks of system failure and business disruption could increase because of the end of support, lack of supported software, and the increasing age of hardware running Windows XP.

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This is your opportunity to see how 10 years of innovation in both Windows 8 Pro and the new Office (either Office 365 or Office 2013) can help your business. Enhanced security, mobility, productivity, flexibility - there are so many great reasons to get modern. Just take a look at what you've been missing and enjoy less downtime and continued support when you make the move.

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Windows 8 Pro and the new Office offer enhanced security features like built-in firewall, anti-virus, and rootkit malware protection. Plus, BitLocker and BitLocker To Go data encryption helps protect data on hard drives and USBs. You can even set Rights Management permission on your emails and attachments.

Stay connected to the office with Windows 8 Pro and the new Office. Both are touch-friendly, and optimized for mobile devices. No Wi-Fi? No problem. Mobile broadband* helps keep you online. Plus, you can access files from SkyDrive Pro, edit on any browser using Office Web Apps, and sync to your devices for offline access.

Windows 8 and the new Office let you work faster. Easily search across files, apps, and settings - just start typing. Use familiar desktop apps you know and love, or explore new apps in the Windows Store. Open PDF files with Word, or let Excel recommend the best chart based on your data. You can even add Office 365 that offers cloud services for files sharing and hosting HD video conferencing.

Whether you prefer a notebook, tablet, or desktop, you have the option to use touch, keyboard and mouse with a full, consistent experience of both Windows 8 Pro and the new Office. And with Office 365, you can use Office on up to 5 PCs and 5 mobile devices.

Making the switch is easy

Moving off of Windows XP and Office 2003 couldn't be easier. With the special offers, migration assistance, and other helpful tools found here, your switch to Windows 8 Pro and the new Office will be a snap.

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