Microsoft yesterday kicked off what it called a “two-year countdown” to the death of Windows XP, its longest-lived operating system.
Windows XP and the business productivity suite Office 2003 both exit all support on April 8, 2014, a company spokeswoman said in a Monday blog post.
On that date, Microsoft will stop shipping security updates for XP and Office 2003.
XP went on sale in October 2001 while Office 2003 launched October 2003.
This wasn’t the first time that Microsoft has urged XP users to dump the operating system — and perhaps their PCs too — for newer tools.
“Our recent Symposium survey [in October 2011] had respondents telling us they’d have 96% of their PCs migrated off XP by end of support,” said Gartner analyst Michael Silver in an email reply to questions Monday. “But 16.5% of organizations say they will have more than 5% of their users still on XP after support ends.”
Not surprisingly, Microsoft wants XP users to upgrade to Windows 7 now, perhaps figuring money in the hand with Windows 7 is better than dollars from the bush that’s the unfinished Windows 8.
“We don’t recommend waiting [for the next editions of Windows or Office], said Microsoft’s Chernyak. “Not only is it important for companies to complete deployment before support runs out, but … by upgrading to Windows 7 and Office 2010 today they can gain substantial results while laying the foundation for future versions.”
On Microsoft’s website, the company was blunt about XP’s ticking clock.