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Microsoft® Support for Windows® XP Has Ended – How to Ensure Continuance of Your Practice CS Software after June 30, 2014

CS Professional Suite Firm & Workflow Management Solutions July 11, 2014

As we alerted you in August 2013, Microsoft® ended its extended support for Windows® XP on April 8, 2014. (Learn more about the Windows Lifecycle in this Microsoft fact sheet.) 

As of June 30, 2014,Thomson Reuters Ended Formal Support of All CS Professional Suite Software on the XP Operating System
While most firms have already moved off XP completely or are in the process of doing so, we know that some firms are still operating with one or more PCs running XP.  

As we release updates to many of our software offerings, we’ll require a supported operating system to install these updates. For full details on Practice CS or on any other of our products that you license, please see the Support Timeline for Windows XP

What Does the End of Windows XP Extended Support Mean?
It’s much more than the end of enhancements or added functionality. Microsoft stopped developing enhancements (mainstream support) to XP in 2009. The discontinuation of extended support in 2014 means there will be no more updates at all, for any reason. With this change, security is a main concern. For example, if a security flaw is identified, Microsoft will not release an update and will not be responsible for repairing the defect. Additionally, performance may continue to dwindle as long as you operate in the XP environment.  

Which Operating System is Best for Your Firm: Windows 7 or 8?
That’s a decision you’ll need to consider carefully, based on the longevity of the new operating system (again, please refer to the Windows Lifecycle fact sheet), its learning curve, your software, and the cost differences. We recommend discussing your options with your trusted network technician or IT staff to determine the best choice for your firm. Microsoft provides a comparison of the two operating systems at, and you can find many other articles by technology experts online. You may also want to seek advice from other practitioners in the ARNE community

We’re Here to Help
As we all adjust to this transition by Microsoft, remember that we’re here to help you with your tax and accounting software questions during your move to a new operating system. Our Help & How-To Center has an informative article about migrating CS Professional Suite applications from one server to another; this topic is also applicable to migrating the suite from one workstation to another, if you install the application(s) or data locally.