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2nd January 2014

Microsoft Ceasing Support for Windows XP and Office 2003

Microsoft Ceasing Support for Windows XP and Office 2003

If you are one of our many members to use Windows XP and/or Office 2003, make sure you know what's happening, when it's happening, and how to be prepared for when Microsoft Windows XP and Office 2003 are no longer supported.

On April 8th 2014, Microsoft will be ceasing support for Windows XP (operating system) and Office 2003 (which is a software package that includes Outlook, Word, Excel etc).

This will mean there will be no new security updates, no free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates available. So, if you continue to run Windows XP and Office 2003 after this date, you may expose your business to potential security risks.

The operating systems to replace Windows XP are either Windows 7 or 8.

Newer versions of Microsoft Office Suite include Office 2010 and Office 365. Google offers a free alternative for Microsoft Office called Google Drive. You can read more here - www.google.com/drive/apps.html

No more Windows XP means no more Internet Explorer (IE) versions 7 & 8. This change is welcomed by our web developers here at Shropshire Tourism and elsewhere as as IE 7 & 8 are very outdated. Please be aware that if you have Windows XP and choose not to update it, this will soon mean that when you surf the web, websites may not function, or look as they should on these unsupported Internet Browsers that are included with Windows XP.

The Internet Browser packaged with Windows 7 and 8 operating systems will either be Internet Explorer 9 or 10.

The preferred Internet Browser used by Shropshire Tourism’s web developers is Google Chrome, which can be downloaded here - www.google.com/chrome

You can learn more about the changes with Microsoft’s support here - www.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/endofsupport.aspx

We hope this helps! If you would like to discuss your website development, website hosting or email needs, please do not hesitate to contact us

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