Many may have noticed that a visit to the Microsoft homepage yields among other news the notification to remind customers they are ending support for both Windows XP and Office 2003 effect April 8, 2014. While this is a couple of years out now, the point is made that if in an enterprise environment, you have not started to at least plan the migration to a modern Microsoft OS, then you are officially behind the 8 ball on this one. Microsoft bases those metrics on the fact that an average Enterprise deployment in large organizations can take upwards of 18 to 32 months to see the deployment through. There of course were tons of compatibility issues when Windows Vista came on the scene, and many enterprise environments made the decision to stick with Windows XP. However, Windows 7 brought about many improvements which have made many of the Vista related issues null and void, so enterprise admins may have a hard time justifying any further delay due to compatibility and other issues related to post Windows XP operating systems.
While many may have already migrated or are in the processing of migrating to Windows 7, this is a wake up call from Microsoft that support will be basically null after the August 8, 2014 deadline. We as enterprise administrators certainly like support, so if you have been dragging the feet on this one, it may be time to get the migration team in full gear and testing application compatibility and interoperability.