If your business is still running Windows XP SP2, you could be in for a world of hurt, warns IT services vendor Softchoice. Come July 13, Microsoft will drop support for SP2 and no longer issue security updates.
According to Softchoice, this is no trivial matter. The IT services vendor surveyed 117 organizations from a variety of industries, including finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and education, and found that 80 percent of them are at risk.
"Many users rightfully delayed their SP2 deployments, but at this point there really isn't a compelling reason to delay the move to SP3," says Dean Williams, Services Development Manager for Softchoice.
According to Williams, SP3 is more of an incremental upgrade rather than a major overhaul. But while the service pack is free, larger businesses not using systems management technology have their work cut out for them in trying to deploy the update.
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