Microsoft wants you to know that if you are still using Office XP, get ready, because it is nearing its end of life very soon. Microsoft plans on ending support for Office XP on the 11th of July.
As we reported back in March, Office XP will no longer be supported starting July 11. Office XP was launched nearly 10 years ago and featured the removal of "clippit" and other office assistants.
Here is what Microsoft had to say about it: "Effective with the 11th of July 2011, Office XP Extended support will retire worldwide. What does that mean? The end of support means that we will no longer provide public fixes for the Office XP release. Automatic Updates that ship on “Patch Tuesday” will be discontinued. There will be no effect on installed software; products will still continue to function."
Office XP was last upgraded back in 2004 when Microsoft released Service Pack 3 for this suite. Office XP was last patched in December 2010, when Microsoft issued 18 security updates.
Microsoft recommends that you discontinue use of Office XP and purchase a newer edition. Office 2003, the successor to Office XP, is still eligible for updates until 2014. If you rather have Office 2007, you will still be good until April 2017. For those who prefer Office 2010, you are eligible for updates until October 2020.