Yesterday Microsoft officially kicked off what it called a "two-year countdown" to the death of Windows XP, its longest-lived operating system. According to a company spokeswoman, Windows XP and the business productivity suite Office 2003 both exit all support on April 8, 2014. On that date, Microsoft will stop shipping security updates for XP and Office 2003. XP went on sale in October 2001 and Office 2003 was launched in October 2003.
"Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted," argued Stella Chernyak, a Microsoft marketing director.