Microsoft urges customers to ditch XP, Office 2003

Individuals and businesses sticking with the OS and suite after support ends in April face security risks, technical obsolescence, it warns

By , IDG News Service |  Enterprise Software

Windows 8 and its update have drawn criticism for their touch-optimized interface and a series of disruptive bugs. Microsoft is promising another update for the spring that will make the OS friendlier for mouse-and-keyboard users, but the impression in the marketplace is that Microsoft has struggled to get Windows 8 right. The most pessimistic critics have likened Windows 8 to the disastrous Windows Vista, released in 2007 and generally panned.

Office 2003 is also still heavily used. According to the results of a Forrester Research survey released in October, Office 2003 was in use in 28% of businesses polled, behind Office 2007 (51%) and Office 2010 (85%). The latest version of Office -- called Office 2013 when sold via traditional perpetual license and Office 365 when sold via an annual subscription -- was at the time used in 22% of companies polled, and with a slower adoption than Office 2010 at a comparable stage of release, according to Forrester.

Juan Carlos Perez covers enterprise communication/collaboration suites, operating systems, browsers and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Juan on Twitter at @JuanCPerezIDG.

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