On April 8th, 2014, Microsoft will be ending the support for Windows XP, one of the worlds most used operating system, and Office 2003.According to the Microsoft’s Support Life-cycle policy:
Microsoft Business and Developer products, including Windows and Office products, receive a minimum of 10 years of support (5 years Mainstream Support and 5 years Extended Support), at the supported service pack level.
Microsoft are recommending companies that still are using Windows XP or Office 2003 to start planning a migration to a newer operating system. As noted by Microsoft:
Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will go out of support on April 8, 2014, if your organization has not started the migration to a modern PC, you are late. Based on historical customer deployment data, the average enterprise deployment can take 18 to 32 months from business case through full deployment. 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.
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, which can be found here, is the main free tool to aid in the migration process. It can migrate your data in place during the deployment and does not need disc imaging. Microsoft also released a video on How to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7 using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010
More info and tools to help with the migration can be found on the Windows Team Blog.
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