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July 13 is the date Microsoft has pledged to cease support for the operating system update. SP2 was released in 2006, with SP3 following two years later. Yet, many organizations, citing its reliability and stability, still are running SP2, said Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of vulnerability management fi rm Qualys.
Update 2 MINUTES ON... Windows 7 this year, with the goal of eliminating XP by the end of 2012. Microsoft Upgrading to XP SP3 and beyond plans to end support for XP – and with it, the nine-year- old Internet Explorer 6 – in E ven though most IT have vulnerabilities that ofﬁ- But as the end-of-life date April 2014 (Google Reader administrators have cially don’t exist, but attack- now approaches for SP2, the and YouTube already have known about Micro- ers will know they exist,” easiest move for organizations stopped supporting IE6). soft’s plans to kill XP Service Kandek said. is to upgrade to SP3, Kandek “Windows 7 has been get- Pack (SP) 2 this month, many About a year ago, Qualys said. Installing the package is ting positive reviews, and are still in the denial stage. began tracking XP SP2 similar to updating comput- many clients report that July 13 is the date Microsoft migrations across roughly one ers with security updates. they have plans to start their has pledged to cease sup- million machines, Kandek Yet, administrators should be production deployments, port for the operating system said. The company found that careful to test the new service but there are some that are update. SP2 was released in at that time, 80 percent of pack, Kandek advised. still undecided about when 2006, with SP3 following two XP computers ran the soon- In addition, research ﬁrm to start and how quickly years later. Yet, many orga- to-be-unsupported service Gartner recommends that to do the migration,” said nizations, citing its reliability pack, though the number has organizations plan and test Michael Silver, vice president and stability, still are running dwindled to 50 percent. and distinguished analyst at SP2, said Wolfgang Kandek, Kandek said he blames Gartner. CTO of vulnerability man- agement ﬁrm Qualys. That, however, may invite security risks, given that Vista, oft criticized for its usability and hardware com- patibility shortfalls, with the slowness for many to migrate. 12-18 months: Estimated
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