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.
Organizations could opt
to deploy Windows 7 all at
once or gradually, Gartner
said. They should work with
Microsoft will stop releasing Vista, released in January time to plan, test their software providers to
monthly patches for SP2, 2007, failed to permeate busi- and pilot Windows 7 determine when they will
Kandek said. nesses and the resulting ﬂop migrations provide support for the new
“The danger is that, within kept many organizations in Source: Gartner platform.
a couple of months, SP2 will the comfort