Microsoft to discontinue support for XP, Office 2003

Published: Mar. 26, 2014 at 1:00 AM CDT
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Microsoft users listen up. If you use Windows XP or Office 2003, you need to act now.

The corporation will end support, service, and critical updates for the operating system and product line beginning April 8th, 2014.

If you have Windows XP or Office 2003 and do not upgrade, you will be at a much higher risk for exploits, malware and viruses.

The company will also stop providing Microsoft Security Essentials for download, their free antivirus scanner.

"No, no security updates for this platform and Microsoft XP is a hot target for cyber criminals," said Cyber expert Theresa Payton.

Although Windows XP made its debut 13 years ago in 2001, Jamie Langlois with Switch I.T. Support here in Lubbock says it is still a widely-used operating system.

The best way to check to see if you have Windows XP is to find your start button, right click on "computer," scroll down to "properties," and check your Windows edition.

Langlois says the best way to stay current is to upgrade to Windows 8 or buy a new computer.

He says the new operating system will cost around $120. You can buy Windows 8 at Best Buy, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples or online.

The latest update for Microsoft Office is 2013.

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