Microsoft's free XP, Office 2003 support ends April 14

Summary:A quick reminder: Microsoft's free support for XP and Office 2003 is going to end next week, on April 14.

A quick reminder: Microsoft's free support for XP and Office 2003 is going to end next week, on April 14.

If you have a Software Assurance licensing contract with Microsoft, you can buy paid support for those two flagship products from the Redmondians. But after April 14, the only support XP and Office 2003 users will continue to get for free from the Softies are security-specific fixes.

Even though Microsoft will continue to offer XP via downgrade rights with Vista and Windows 7, the free support for XP is still ending.

Topics: Microsoft, Collaboration, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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