Using Windows XP? Office 2003? You’re living on the edge, the area of uncertainty, no man’s land.

The fact is, Microsoft brought support for these systems to an end in April 2014, therefore continuing to run these programmes leaves you and your company open to cyber attack.

xp_logo_wide Although Microsoft have announced that they will update their XP anti-malware signatures in July 2015, these updates will not fix system or software limitations. Next month, Google will update and re-secure Chrome on XP, but the fact remains that these browsers are easily bypassed at this level of security meaning you are dangerously vulnerable to attack.
If nothing has gone wrong yet then that’s a positive, but you should definitely be looking at upgrading. Those who are upgrading are faced with a number of options, so we’ve highlighted the best choices.

The most obvious choice, and probably the best for bigger businesses is Windows 7. Blessed with an easy-to-use set up, Windows 7 shows mercifully few differences to XP, making the jump a simple one for those hesitant to embark into a browser they don’t know. Windows 7 should run on the same hardware systems that your XP will be running on at the moment, so you don’t have to make any serious changes, but you’ll be on much higher ground when it comes to the rising water level of cyber attack. A no brainer in our opinion.

For those feeling a little more adventurous, perhaps Windows 8 is worth a try, particularly if you have a touch screen computer. This provides a touch friendly, segmented tile-like interface whilst housing the capability to run on older Windows software. Windows 8 will run on systems without the touch screen feature, but it seems a shame as it was definitely designed to be used with a finger and not a mouse.

When replacing Office 2003, we recommend Office Professional 2013. It has the most complete software replacement for Office 2003. All the original functions that you’ve grown to love are there, but with a largely enhanced interface. We do advice people who are upgrading to allow some time to adjust to the new interface as it will take a little getting used to. It’s worth the effort though to ensure protection.

Office 2003 and Windows XP are no longer safe and you need to be upgrading if you’re still using them. Now you know what you need to do, you can have no excuse if you fall victim to a XP or 2003 attack.

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