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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

       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.
                                                                           months: Estimated
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