Windows XP and Office 2003 Support Ends April 8th, 2014

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Windows XP and Office 2003 Support Ends April 8th, 2014

To: Campus Community


Office of the CIO

Subject: Windows XP and Office 2003 Support Ends April 8th, 2014

Date: February 7, 2014

Microsoft's support for Windows XP and Office 2003 will be discontinued effective April 8, 2014, which means they will no longer provide new security updates, non-security hotfixes, product updates, free or paid assisted support options, and online technical content updates.

Potential Risks

After April 8, Windows XP computers will be more susceptible to malware and viruses since Microsoft will no longer address major holes in the software. Although antivirus software will continue to fend off some malicious attacks, Microsoft's security updates provide an essential line of defense. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimize for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that may not work with Windows XP.

How does this affect you?

It is important to update the Windows XP operating system to a current supported operating system such as Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 to receive regular security updates that will protect both your department and home computers from malicious attacks. If you are not sure your computer will support Windows 8.1 software, Microsoft provides a software tool (Windows Upgrade Assistant), which you can download to check if your computer meets the system requirements.

Continued use of Windows XP on the campus network after April 8 poses a potential security risk. Any compromised computers may be removed from the network per the UA Information Security Policy (IS-100) and the UA Standard for Networked Devices (IS-S602).

Technical Assistance and Questions

If you have any questions about your departmental computer, please check with your IT support staff for University owned machines. Departments can find information about available operating systems on the UA Software Licensing page at

For home computers, you can call the 24/7 IT Support Center (626-TECH) for general information and questions and visit the Windows XP End of Support page on Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2013 is offered for personal home use to faculty and staff for only $9.95 with direct download. To learn more visit the UA Bookstores Home Use Campus Licensing page.

Thank you,

Michele Norin
Chief Information Officer
University of Arizona

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