IT and Tech Support Blog

Your guide to smart BI planning

You have finally decided your small or medium-sized business is ready to utilize Business Intelligence (BI) software. This is a big step for your company and one that must be approached with diligence. If you are not careful the cost of BI software, not to mention training, could far outweigh the actual benefits you end […]

4 benefits of online scheduling

As healthcare practices across the nation continue to find out, patients place ever-diminishing levels of importance on care alone. While it is and will forever be a factor that influences a person’s decision, convenience has become another key area patients look at when choosing a healthcare facility.

What to consider before you buy a new PC

With the holidays approaching, computers are likely to be among the season’s best-selling gifts. But there are so many different types of computers out there, each with varying specifications and capabilities – how do you find the best one for your needs? Whether you’re purchasing a computer for yourself, for your loved one, or for […]

Boring brands can succeed on social media

For many business owners who have dabbled in social media, they may think their efforts have been in vain and growing a large social media presence is impossible. They may go as far to believe that social media simply doesn’t work, especially when you don’t have an exciting brand like Nike or Google.

Office 2016 for Mac is here

For Mac users who have been waiting with great anticipation, Office 2016 for Mac is finally available. The new version is worth the wait; Microsoft has implemented exciting new upgrades to improve the user experience. Office 2016 possesses far superior functionality and user interface than its predecessor, Office 2011. We’ve highlighted some of the new […]

Windows XP and MS Support Comes to an End April 8th

As you may be aware, support for Windows XP and Office 2003 will end on April 8, 2014. This carries significant risks to your business due to the potential of having a non-supported operating system in the environment and additional risks of which you should be aware of, including:

• Significant security risk due to the lack of software updates from Microsoft
• Security and compliance risk of running unsupported OS
• Impact on users in the event of critical support issues (including potentially critical impact to business/revenue)
• Inability to run the latest versions of MS Office as well as 3rd party applications
• Potential for license compliance risks related to downgrade rights

What does this mean for your business?

After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates for Windows XP or Office 2003.

Running Windows XP SP3 or Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks.