NEWS FROM THE LAB - Tuesday, July 13, 2010

It's Time to Bid Adieu to Windows XP SP2 Posted by Sean @ 12:29 GMT

Today's the day — July 13th — Windows XP Service Pack 2 has reached its end of support. After today, Microsoft will no longer publish updates for SP2 and that also includes Microsoft software such as Internet Explorer, Media Player and Outlook Express.

Our telemetry indicates that about 10% to 11.5% of our customer base runs XP Service Pack 2. The numbers drop off during the weekend, due to corporate machines running idle. Windows XP SP3 numbers range from 50% to 54%.

Not bad, just about 10% of our customers are facing end of support issues.

But what about our readership?

Back in May, we asked: Does your organization still use Windows XP SP2 as its primary OS? Approximately 44% answered yes.

There are still plenty of Service Pack 2 computers out there in the world. While this isn't yet a critical problem, there will eventually be exploitable vulnerabilities that affect these computers. It's going to be an issue sooner or later.

We recommend applying today's updates:

Microsoft Updates, July2010

And then schedule an upgrade to XP Service Pack 3 which can be downloaded from Microsoft's Download Center.