imageOne year from today, Windows XP and Office 2003 will reach end of support—the countdown is on, and there are fewer than 300 workdays until April 8, 2014.

If you have enterprise customers with computing environments still running Windows XP and Office 2003, we have put together some essential information and resources that can help you have a meaningful conversation with them about planning their move to the modern desktop well ahead of next April.

Customers that don’t complete a migration to current Windows and Office versions will put their businesses at risk. After April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide hot fixes, product updates, or security patches for Windows XP and Office 2003. This could affect customers’ internal network security and regulatory compliance, and potentially expose valuable customer, partner, employee, and organizational information.

Read more about end of support for Windows XP on the Windows for Your Business blog, as well as in the Springboard Series blog.

New on the Microsoft News Center: Dawn of Windows 8 Brings New Device Opportunities as Sun Sets on XP.

Read the blog post from WPC 2013 in July by Erwin Visser about Windows 8 opportunities for partners (added August 6).

Resources for your customers

Use these online resources to encourage your customers to take advantage of modern desktop technologies like Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 365, which can increase efficiencies and productivity as well as offer enterprise-level security and compliance.

These materials can be linked to from your own website, included in an email marketing campaign, or even printed out and packaged up with materials explaining your company’s solutions and services as leave-behinds for your customers.

Resources for you

Sales and marketing

Technical

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[Updated August 6]

More partner resources for Windows 8 and Office are on the US MPN portal.

imageWorking with SMB customers? In a recent article in the Washington Post, Microsoft estimates that only about 55 percent of them know about the end of support for Windows XP, and almost 70 percent of them don’t understand what this change entails.

If you’re preparing to have a conversation with your SMB customers to help them plan and implement their transition, our partner-ready and customer-ready materials in the Get2Modern campaign can help.