Microsoft counts down to end of support for Windows XP

Microsoft has acknowledged a two-year countdown to remind Windows users that support for its Windows XP operating system and Microsoft Office 2003 suite will end in 2014.

The Microsoft Windows team said in a blog post that it now is a good time for organisations that still have PCs running Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003 to begin the inevitable migration to Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010.

The post written by Microsoft director Stella Chernyak reads, "Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted. Technology continues to evolve and so do people's needs and expectations. "It is in a company's - and its employees' - best interest to take advantage of the modern Windows and Office software that is designed with these needs in mind."