Microsoft is reminding schools that if they still use Windows XP and even Office 2003, end of support will take place April of 2014. And with the launch of Windows 8 near, Microsoft is recommending schools to upgrade to the latest operating system.
"There are now over 220 education apps in the ever-growing Windows Store, and with a fresh, clean interface also comes significant new advantages and benefits of Windows 8 for education. Windows 8 for education now offers students a completely new experience, providing intuitive access to digital content alongside a fully functioning suite of learning enhancing tools that allow for more productive teachers, more engaged students and enhanced interaction and collaboration," Microsoft stated in an official blog post. As Microsoft points out, beginning April 8th of 2014, the company will no longer provide hotfixes, updates, or patches for Windows XP or Office 2003. Microsoft recommends upgrading to Windows 8 to prevent exposure of employee/organization information and affect network security. Microsoft suggests schools begin the migration process now.