On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP, which was originally released back in August of 2001.
This will mean that they will no longer provide patches and security updates for XP and also for Office 2003 as well. Without the security updates that are released a number of times a year, there will be an increased risk of these systems being affected by viruses, spyware, and other malicious software. Software and hardware vendors will also use this as their signal to stop ensuring that their products are compatible with Windows XP. This will be the case for many of the Sage products that we support, which for the most part are currently compatible with Windows XP SP3.
As per Stephen Smith, Software Architect at Sage, Sage 300 ERP 2012 continues to be supported by Windows XP SP3 though the compatibility of Sage CRM with Windows XP ended with Version 7.1 as it is no longer compatible with Internet Explorer 8, the last version of IE to be supported by XP.
So what does this mean to your organization if you are running on Windows XP.
I'd say that to reduce the risk of system failure and business disruption, if your organization is still relying on Windows XP machines and aging hardware, you would be wise to start examining the many new options that exist for upgrading equipment and deploying business software today. For example, many companies have deployed virtualization technology to access it's many benefits. Others are paying a monthly fee to host a server in Canada with an image of the required software already installed, thereby reducing the implementation time and cost, not to mention the time required to decide what to buy, how to back it up and manage it.
As a last note, I like to mention that, though we do not sell hardware solutions, we can provide a system review and make recommendations that you can use in your discussions with your IT provider.