It’s just not XP that is stopping
With all the blogs and articles going around you would think that it was only XP that Microsoft was stopping support for, however the truth is there are a lot more.
As businesses we rely on more than just a desktop operating system like XP to run, we user files server, email servers and more.
It is amazing how little has been said about the rest of these products and some are more important to a business than XP itself, for example a server running Microsoft server 2003 could host all their employees files and folders as well business critical files that are shared between employees, even finical data. If a business was to lose these, then they could struggle to continue to do business even if they had backups. The reason for this is those servers usually control what a computer can and can’t do as well as allowing it to communicate with other computers and the internet.
The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has also warned about the risk of data theft through potential security flaws that may be discovered in time. They also mention that it is the organisations responsibility to keeps peoples information safe from threats.
While the Government and NHS have not managed to fully upgrade their systems in time, as a result they have had to pay Microsoft £5.5 Million to get extended support for 12 months.
Here is a list of products that Microsoft is ending support for[unordered_list style=”red-x”]
- Content Management Server 2002
- Standard & Enterprise server 2003 Editions
- Exchange Server 2003 Standard & Enterprise Edition
- Project Server 2003
- SharePoint Portal Server 2003
- Windows XP
- Microsoft Office 2003