Microsoft Support for Windows XP and Office 2003


Microsoft’s support of Windows XP and Office 2003 will end on April 8, 2014. After this date, there will be no new security updates, non-security fixes or technical content updates from Microsoft.

Please note the risks associated with maintaining an unsupported machine, and take steps to minimize your risk.

  • Security Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks and cyber-attacks.
  • Software Vendor & Hardware Manufacturer’s support – Software vendors are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP.  Research also notes that most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.
  • Windows XP is not supported for Office 2013: Office 2013 requires that the client operating system be Windows 7 or later.

Actions to Consider:

  • Get current with Windows and Office: Newer versions of Microsoft Windows and Office increase PC security and management, and user abilities. Upgrade your personal device to a supported version of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. Windows XP and Office 2003 will no longer be installed on university-owned systems.
  • Isolate Systems: in compliance with University policies UM1566 and UM1691, unpatched, insecure, and outdated operating systems will not be allowed on the network.
  • Review impact:  Ensure that unsupported systems do not contain sensitive data.

If you have additional questions or concerns regarding Microsoft XP or Office 2003, please contact the Service Desk at Extension 8888.

Thank you,


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