If you are like thousands of businesses running Windows XP, Office 2003, Exchange 2003, Server 2003 or Small Business Server 2003, Microsoft has announced that April 19, 2014 will be the end of life for the 2003 product line. So, what does this mean? It means that Microsoft will no longer be releasing fixes and updates for bugs from that date onward. They will most likely continue to release security updates as they want to limit the spread of viruses and malware, but any future software or hardware compatibility issues will not be fixed.
With that in mind, this is a good time to start planning for upgrading to a “modern” solution, whether that is a new on premise solution, hybrid solutions or cloud based solution the time to being planning is now. Upgrading from Exchange Server 2003 to a newer solution is not always straightforward and in order to minimize your downtime, test runs and scheduling employee training are recommended.