On April 8, 2014, Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 will be retired by Microsoft, and the software giant is urging businesses to migrate to a more modern version of its operating system.
The good news is that most firms have already migrated endpoint systems. A survey of IT professionals conducted by Austin, Texas-based Spiceworks in December found that 76 percent of IT professionals run Windows XP on some devices. Most firms, however, have successfully migrated to Windows 7 with 96 percent of those surveyed indicating that endpoint systems run the newer operating system. Another 42 percent said they manage PCs running Windows 8 or 8.1.
The bad news is that it could take more than two years for some firms to migrate off of Windows XP. If your company still has critical systems running Windows XP, here's what you need to know from a security perspective.