March 05, 2014 @ 09:55 am
After 12 years, support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. There will be no more security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. If you are a Windows XP user, it is very important that you migrate to a modern operating system. Individuals moving to a modern operating system will benefit from dramatically enhanced security, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities. If you are an employee, contact your IT Provider about upgrading your work computer's operating system.
Support for Office 2003 products is also ending on April 8, 2014. After this date, Office 2003 products will no longer receive assisted support, online content updates, software updates from Microsoft Update, and security updates to help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. If you are an employee, contact your IT Provider about upgrading your work computer's version of Microsoft Office.
You are also encouraged at this time to consider upgrading Internet Explorer 8 to a newer version. Some university employees may need to stay with IE8 for specific job duties, but most individuals should upgrade their browser. IE8 was released June 17, 2009. Since that time the web has exploded with new features and possibilities that IE8 users are missing out on. As a result, many large corporations, including Google, have decided to stop supporting IE8. Google stopped supporting IE8 as of Nov. 2012 and has also stopped supporting IE9 as of Oct. 2013.
Even though Microsoft ends Mainstream Support for IE8 on January 13, 2015, Microsoft itself will not support IE8 for Office 365. In addition to upgrading Internet Explorer, OIT suggests using a modern browser that offers more frequent updates and enhancements such as Google's Chome, Mozilla's Firefox, or Apple's Safari.