Sales of Windows XP Scheduled to End June 30, 2008

I got a notice from Microsoft regarding the end of days for Windows XP.  Ordering new systems with Windows XP from Dell and the few other build to order companies will soon be impossible.  Microsoft said:

"After careful review, Microsoft will end sales of Windows XP products on June 30, 2008. For customers who want Windows XP after this date, original equipment manufacturers will have several options to provide Windows XP using downgrade rights. Mainstream support for Windows XP will continue through April 14, 2009. Additionally, Microsoft Extended Support will be available until April 8, 2014."

The good news is that after working with Windows Vista personally for about 6 months, I am comfortable to declare it safe to enter the pool.  Service Pack 1 is out, which is the usual benchmark that tells corporate clients it is ok to upgrade.  There are parts of Vista I actually prefer to XP, especially the Connect to a Network utility.  User Account Control is kind of a pain, but is easy enough to disable.  Windows Mail is a significant improvement over Outlook Express.

Overall, I am happy with Vista, and would not want to return to XP. 

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Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.

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