Windows 7 and Office 2010 both offer a variety of improvements and features that make them more secure by design, and enable users to work more efficiently and be more productive. And, the reality is that even Windows 7 and Office 2010 will be soon be replaced by Windows 8 and "Office 15" as the new flagship software from Microsoft.
So, there's no time like the present to start looking at your options and planning your migration off of Windows XP and/or Office 2003. Should you move to Windows 7, or hold out and jump straight to Windows 8?
Microsoft offers a variety of tools and services that may make the transition easier. Windows Intune provides a variety of features for managing and maintaining Windows PCs from the cloud, and includes upgrade rights to the latest version of Windows. Subscribing to Windows Intune could be a simple way to move from Windows XP to Windows 7 to Windows 8 while getting some additional capabilities at the same time.
IT admins should also consider the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) and Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). The MDT is designed to streamline and automate Windows deployments, and MDOP has tools to address application compatibility issues and ensure a smooth transition off of Windows XP.
The clock is ticking. Start figuring out how to migrate off of Windows XP now.