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Office 2003 – Patching Support ends April 8, 2014

Article documents that Office 2003 and Exchange 2003 patching support also ends April 8, 2014, in addition to Windows XP support

http://www.cio.com/article/748133/Windows_XP_Isn_t_the_Only_Software_Getting_the_Knife_in_8_Weeks

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

QUOTE: Microsoft will call it quits not only on Windows XP in less than two months, but will also pull the plug on Office 2003 the same day. After April 8, Office 2003, which debuted on Oct. 21, 2003, will no longer receive security updates, no matter which flavor of Windows it’s running on.

Although Microsoft has made noise about ditching Windows XP, it has spoken infrequently about Office 2003’s deadline. One of the few places on its website where it has talked about the latter’s end-of-life, or EOL, is here. “We’re seeing the same kind of pockets as with XP,” said Wes Miller, an analyst with Directions on Microsoft, of Office 2003 users in business. “A lot of people were on holding patterns with XP and didn’t upgrade from Office 2003 to Office 2007.”

ADDITIONAL PRODUCTS EXPIRE IN APRIL 2014  “It’s not just Office 2003, it’s not just the front end but it’s also the back end. Exchange [Server] 2003 also leaves support that day,” Miller said. Coincidentally, Microsoft will also stop serving patches to Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 2 (SP2) on April 8, and require all users of the OS X edition to run Service Pack 3 to receive and install security updates.

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