What do Office 2003, XP, Vista have in common with Office 2013 and Windows 8?
I started this commentary back in January when Microsoft released Windows 8 and wiped Windows 7 off the shelves, but the realization of what they are doing has now become readily apparent and you only have a few months to prepare your offices. Here are the highlights.
1) If you have XP, Vista or Office 2003 – support ends Jan 1, 2014
2) If you have XP – you cannot run Office 2013.
3) If you have Office 2003 – you cannot run it on Windows 8.
Here is what that means to you and your office.
a) If you are going to risk to continue running on XP, or Vista – then it would be prudent to purchase Office 2010. The pipeline has only so many 2010 product keys left (and fewer CD’s).
b) If you are running Office 2003 – you will not be able to use it on any new windows 8 computer – so think about doing the upgrade to 2010 or 2013 now.
c) You can still get Windows 7 computers from the manufacturer – but no one knows for how much longer.
If your I.T. consulting company has not brought this to your attention – ask them about it and have them work with you on a plan is for replacing equipment. If you don’t get a satisfactory answer – give us a call. We will help you not only with this, but Managed Services, off-site backup and more..