Microsoft to end support for Windows Server 2003

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Microsoft to end support for Windows Server 2003

After July 14, 2015, technical assistance for Windows Server 2003 will no longer be available. This means that machines in your office running this operating system will no longer be protected by security fixes and important updates and patches.

If you continue to use Windows Server 2003 after support ends, your computer will still work but it will become more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Also, as more software and hardware manufacturers continue to optimise for more recent versions of Windows, you can expect to encounter greater numbers of apps and devices that do not work with Windows server 2003.

For example, if you organisation is required to be PCI compliant and continues to run the out-of-support platform the Visa and MasterCard can withdraw their services until your systems are updated.

In addition, most organisations also have the obligations relating to data privacy and protection, if you are running an out of date operating system, you could be in breach of this protection.

We strongly advise that you contact your IT Provider to ensure your systems are up to date.

Luke Stanley