Windows XP End of Life - April 08, 2014:

Computers currently running the Microsoft Windows XP operating system after April 2014, may have issues accessing university online systems and be vulnerable to numerous security threats. Microsoft announced it is ending support of Windows XP in April and will no longer offer security updates, bug fixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates. As a result, individuals may not be able to access some key university enterprise and cloud services, like Office 365 and SAP due to expected changes in support policies.

Microsoft's End-of-life statement:

What does end of support mean to customers?
It means you should take action. After April 8, 2014, there will be no new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.

Running Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 in your environment after their end of support date may expose your company to potential risks, such as:

  • Security & Compliance Risks: Unsupported and unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or public notification of the organization’s inability to maintain its systems and customer information.
  • Lack of Independent Software Vendor (ISV) & Hardware Manufacturers support: A recent industry report from Gartner Research suggests "many independent software vendors (ISVs) are unlikely to support new versions of applications on Windows XP in 2011; in 2012, it will become common." And it may stifle access to hardware innovation: Gartner Research further notes that in 2012, most PC hardware manufacturers will stop supporting Windows XP on the majority of their new PC models.

Support issues
UNCA will block Windows XP access
PeopleSoft UNCA will block Windows XP access
Cisco AnyConnect VPN will not support XP users
Microsoft Office 365 may not continue support for XP.