Slightly more than five years ago, one of the most popular operating systems in history was retired, and this major end-of-life (EOL) event still has a major impact on IT and information security.
There were countless discussions on the best way to keep XP on networks past the official EOL from Microsoft. However, there were far too few discussions about actively removing XP.
Most of IT had not previously dealt with anything like this: a manufacturer officially deprecating a popular operating system. This lack of experience led many (if not all) organizations to make decisions that have since had a lasting, negative effect.
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