This is the date Microsoft will drop extended support of Windows XP and Office 2003. After this date, hackers will be able to compromise these systems because the security patches and other updates will no longer be distributed. People need to upgrade soon or be forced to compete with numerous people doing it at the same time. Personally, you can buy a new laptop or desktop with Windows 8 installed pretty cheap compared to just doing the upgrade of the software. Don't say you weren't warned. I seriously doubt Microsoft will push this date further out this time. Look for a deal for Christmas.
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