We didn't stop using Windows 98 or 2000 when MS announced end of life for
those, the machines kept using those operating systems until they became
obsolete and we got rid of them. (In fact, just before this past
Christmas, the wife of one of our retired teachers stopped by and asked
for my advice on how to run a game she had on CD that only worked on
Win98, because here husband loved playing it, but the machine he ran it on
had died that year, and she wanted to surprise him for Christmas by giving
him a machine that would run it. I found a Pentium II laptop running
win98 hiding in my store room and gave it to her. So Win98 lives!)
We have a lot of machines that were bought with Vista licenses, but XP
installed, we're upgrading those to Vista to buy a little more time, but
the ones with an XP COA will continue to use XP until/unless we retire
them, unless it becomes a problem before then, which I don't expect it
will. For me, the most critical date will probably come when XP won't run
the latest Flash, or a browser that Google Apps will work well in. Google
Docs already won't work well in Internet Explorer on XP, but works great
in the latest Firefox and Chrome. When new releases of those two won't
run on XP, and GAFE won't work well on the versions of those two that
will, then we'll need to think about getting rid of XP.
Yeah, Ms will eventually stop fixing security bugs, but people will stop
looking for them, too, as the installed base dries up.
Brattleboro Union High School District # 6
School Information Technology Discussion <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>Have we had this discussion? Sorry if repeat.
>I understand Microsoft will continue to update its security releases in
>the Malicious Software tool through July 2015 for XP but will not be
>doing any major releases after April.
>Is the general consensus that with a professional antivirus product, and
>the security updates, the XP end of life is no real issue until 2015 July?
>Craig Donnan, MA
>Washington West Supervisory Union
>340 Mad River Park, Suite 7
>Waitsfield, VT 05673