The Dinosaur In The Room
Support for Windows XP ends in April 2014; the implications extend beyond the workstation.
Thanks to its stability and relatively light resource use, Windows XP has been the OS of choice for specialized systems for more than a decade now. POS systems, medical devices, inventory systems, and a plethora of other turnkey devices have been built around XP. The most security-conscious vendors will surely have a plan to address the retirement of the venerable OS. History tells us, though, that many vendors will ignore the problem, leaving their customers with devices -- potentially used for critical business or patient care functions -- that are completely exposed to new exploits.
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