After 12 years of Microsoft supporting Windows XP, Microsoft will begin investing their resources toward supporting more recent technologies. As a result support for Windows XP will end on April 8, 2014. It is important to update to a newer operating system if you are a Windows XP user. There will no longer be security updates or technical support for the Windows XP operating system. When switching to a newer operating system users will receive enhanced security, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities. Employees should contact CCIT about upgrading their operating system. For more information, visit the Microsoft Windows XP page.
Support for Microsoft Office 2003 products will be ending on April 8, 2014 as well. Office 2003 products will no longer receive assisted support, online content updates, software updates from Microsoft Update, and security updates to help protect your PC from harmful viruses, spyware, and other malicious software, which can steal your personal information. To continue receiving support and updates you may want to upgrade to a newer version of Office. Employees should contact CCIT about upgrading their operating system. For more information, visit the Microsoft Office page.
Everyone is encouraged to update their Internet Explorer 8 to a newer version. There are some university employees that may need to stay with Internet Explorer 8 for specific job duties, but most individuals should upgrade their browser because Google stopped supporting Internet Explorer 8 as of Nov. 2012. There are many new feature and possibilities that Internet Explorer 8 users are missing out on. This lead to Google's decision to stop supporting Internet Explorer 8 as well as Internet Explorer 9. Starting January 13, 2015, Microsoft will end Mainstream Support for Internet Explorer 8 and will not support Internet Explorer 8 for Office 365. In addition to upgrading Internet Explorer, users should use a modern browser that offers more frequent updates and enhancements such as Google's Chrome, Mozilla's Firefox, or Apple's Safari. For more information, visit the Supported Browsers page.