As per our recent newsletter Microsoft Windows XP support is coming to an end on the 8th April. After this date Microsoft will no longer be providing security updates to a number of products including:
- Windows XP
- Office 2003
- Exchange Server 2003 (a component of Windows Small Business Server 2003)
If you are using any of these products then it is time to change them for something that can be supported. For more on upgrading from Windows XP check out our recent newsletter. You can find it here: http://eepurl.com/NPM9n
If you are using an old version of Office then there are a number of cost effective ways of upgrading these days. The most popular two ways of getting the latest version are to either buy an OEM copy with a new PC or to buy a subscription to Office 365 which will keep you in the very latest version of Office software at all times.
If you are still using an old copy of Microsoft Exchange Server either on a standalone Windows 2003 server or on a Small Business Server then it is time to upgrade too. Our favourite option at the minute if it suites your requirements is to use Office 365 for this as well. In short a single monthly subscription can help remove your age old mail server and your ancient Office software with the latest supportable versions. For a business this costs from £8.40 per user per month including office or £3.30 without, and it is a migration that we can fully help you with and support. In fact you will find ongoing support costs much lower than those for hosting your own standalone mail server. Do be warned that this solution isn’t right for every business, so please do talk to us before deciding.
Full life cycle information on all Microsoft products can be found on the Microsoft website here.