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Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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3/12/2014 | 5:27:25 PM
How is this going to work out again?
I know many IT organizations have done everything they can do, short of replacing Windows XP machines, but 500 million XP users and we're hoping most of them won't go out on the Internet? The police forces of IT organizations better get a tremendous infusion of manpower.
Laurianne
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3/12/2014 | 3:30:07 PM
Re: Healthcare scare?
I also see XP running widely in retail and hospitality settings. Given the current data breach climate for retail, this seems extra worrisome.
jagibbons
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3/12/2014 | 3:17:27 PM
Re: Healthcare scare?
Most ATMs do run Windows XP. It's the version for embedded devices which has far fewer security holes to begin with, but that is the predominant operating system. At some point, they will have to be replaced. I don't envy those who will be responsible for the logistics on that. Sadly, all of us who bank or use healthcare will end up paying for the inevitable upgrades.
danielcawrey
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3/12/2014 | 1:44:08 PM
Re: Healthcare scare?
I will be glad to see this OS fade from relevance. But it is true, many ATMs and security devices still use Windows XP. That's scary these devices have not innovated on the level that needs to be done. 

My thinking now is: How soon will we hear about a security breach in relation to Microsoft pulling support for Windows XP?
moonwatcher
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3/12/2014 | 12:45:15 PM
Does Microsoft REALLY care?
A quote from the article states, "Anyone connecting a Windows XP computer to the Internet after Microsoft drops its support in April 2014 is not only putting themselves at risk, but also endangering all of us on the Internet -- as their computers may be hijacked into botnets and used to spread malware and spam attacks."

Well, if Microsoft REALLY cared about the Internet getting flooded with a bunch of compromised XP machines doing denial of service and other sorts of mischief, they'd offer everyone running XP a nearly FREE upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium. It isn't like they'd be losing money doing so.

Why Windows 7? Because most XP machines still running could fairly easily run Windows 7, but NOT Windows 8.1 because it requires a motherboard with a BIOS supporting a feature called Data Execution Prevention. Throwing 500 million perfectly good PCs into the landfill ought to be a crime, so giving an upgrade would be a good solution for many of them.

I set my neighbor up on Ubuntu (an easy to use flavor of Linux) and after about 20 minutes of instruction she was good to go. At least she will not have to buy a new PC just to do things she was already doing. Linux is not just for geeks only these days.
jagibbons
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jagibbons,
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3/12/2014 | 12:26:40 PM
Healthcare scare?
The dominance of XP in the healthcare and banking industries is worrisome. I know those industries have great security folks working to protect critical data, but there's a real target there. Hopefully, once reality hits, enterprises will find ways to move off XP when they previously thought it wasn't possible or just not a high priority.
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