Announcements

Windows XP / Office 2003: Support ending April 8th, 2014

On April 8 2014, Microsoft will discontinue support on both the Windows XP operating system and Office 2003 application and is urging organizations that have not started to upgrade its systems to do so immediately.
This means that if your organization does not take action well before April 8, 2014, you will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or on-line technical content updates. Any unpatched devices will be vulnerable to both malware and security attacks which may put your organization at risk of data and identity theft along with possible extended downtime of services. Even if a device is only on a private network and has no Internet access, another device, even one running a supported product, can be infected with malware outside the private network and can bring it onto the private network, infecting other devices.
Additionally, many software and hardware vendors will no longer support their products that run on Windows XP. Newer versions of our line of applications are supported on Windows 7 & 8. For example, the new Office 2013 takes advantage of the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP. Most web-based (cloud) applications require a modern web browser such as Internet Explorer 9 at a minimum to properly function, most notably Powerschool. The latest versions of Firefox and Chrome will not run on earlier versions of Windows XP as well. We expect an announcement they will also stop support Windows XP within the next year.
Please budget accordingly to acquire new licenses and replace/upgrade computers, both desktops/laptops running Windows XP. Additional information can be found on Microsoft's website [http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/endofsupport.aspx].
For questions or for assistance in determining the appropriate equipment for your needs, please contact us via email at helpdesk@diometuchen.org.

On April 8 2014, Microsoft will discontinue support on both the Windows XP operating system and Office 2003 application and is urging organizations that have not started to upgrade its systems to do so immediately.

This means that if your organization does not take action well before April 8, 2014, you will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or on-line technical content updates. Any unpatched devices will be vulnerable to both malware and security attacks which may put your organization at risk of data and identity theft along with possible extended downtime of services. Even if a device is only on a private network and has no Internet access, another device, even one running a supported product, can be infected with malware outside the private network and can bring it onto the private network, infecting other devices.

Additionally, many software and hardware vendors will no longer support their products that run on Windows XP. Newer versions of our line of applications are supported on Windows 7 & 8. For example, the new Office 2013 takes advantage of the modern Windows and will not run on Windows XP. Most web-based (cloud) applications require a modern web browser such as Internet Explorer 9 at a minimum to properly function, most notably Powerschool. The latest versions of Firefox and Chrome will not run on earlier versions of Windows XP as well. We expect an announcement they will also stop support Windows XP within the next year.

Please budget accordingly to acquire new licenses and replace/upgrade computers, both desktops/laptops running Windows XP. Additional information can be found on Microsoft's website.

For questions or for assistance in determining the appropriate equipment for your needs, please contact us via email at helpdesk@diometuchen.org.