Windows XP SP2 All Set For Retirement. XP SP3 or Windows 7?

XP SP2 and SP3 prove to be a safe haven until Microsoft is able to send a rescue sub, Windows 7.

Windows XP SP2 has proven itself the stalwart of recent Windows operating system versions. Many organizations opted to stay on XP (SP2 or SP3) for some time, bypassing the Vista upgrade and hold out for a viable Windows 7. It's akin to Windows XP SP2 being our strong-hulled sunken submarine thats retained its structural integrity until Microsoft could send a rescue sub (a.k.a. Windows 7). Windows 7 is here, just about in the nick of time for many organizations. Windows XP SP2 is set for retirement July 12 of this year. Retirement means no more security patches for vulnerabilities, and it's time to apply XP SP3 (expiring in 2014) or upgrade to Windows 7. In many ways, Windows XP is what allowed Vista to fail, at least in the eyes of corporate IT organizations. We didn't have to upgrade to Vista because XP worked just fine, providing users a stable and safe OS platform to remain on while Vista users dealt with all the problems until the Vista kernel matured. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 were clearly the beneficiary of Vista's maturity improvements, but XP in many ways is what allowed Vista to fall far short of becoming a success for Microsoft. With XP SP2 leaving the fold of Microsoft supported operating systems, I expect we'll see more organizations bite the bullet and move forward onto Windows 7, rather incrementally upgrade from XP SP2 to SP3. That strategy will largely be left to machines not up to the task of running Windows 7. So it's time to prepare both our thank yous and our goodbyes to Windows XP SP2. It's provided itself to be a comfortable, reliable place to stay until Windows 7 became proven enough for us to migrate our user base to.

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