Fleetwood (22nd January 2013)
Still on XP, no plans to move, the Magic Money Tree is bare.
We went to W7 everywhere apart from one suite due to our language software in Summer '11. Summer '12 we changed software and switched to W7 on all machines on an RM CC4.3 network.
Interesting post from a Google Chrome engineer on Windows XP...
Windows XP is "past its security expiration date"
If youíre still using Windows XP, please stop. Seriously, figure out how to migrate to Windows 7 or Windows 8. Or to an modern alternative platform if you donít trust Microsoft.
Donít take my word for it. Listen to Justin Schuh, an Information Security Engineer at Google, who wrote this interesting post recently on Hacker News:
(Source)Iím one of the lead devs on the Chrome Windows sandbox, and I can assure you that what we do with Vista+ on the security front is leaps and bounds ahead of what weíre stuck with on XP. DEP is unreliable and pretty worthless anyway without ASLR. You also donít have things like SEHOP or other memory mitigations that are the first line of defense between your system and the average stale pointer exploit against WebKit.
As for the sandbox itself, we run as ďUntrustedĒ integrity level under Vista+, which buys a solid layer of defense on top the SID, rights, and job based sandboxing we do on XP. Our GPU process sandbox in particular (used for accelerated graphics) relies heavily on Vista+ integrity levels due to deficiencies in the Windows XP driver and graphics model. Then thereís the fact that XP is lacking hundreds of security fixes that Microsoft has chosen not to backport.
Seriously, Iíve spent many weeks trying to wring every last bit of security I can out of XP, and I really do think that Chrome does the best anyone possibly could on that front. But in the end XP is just an OS thatís far past its security expiration date, and running it at all means taking a big risk.
Still XP / 2003 here although we have some 2008 / 2008R2 servers. It has been stable and reliable, allowing us to do exactly what we need to do which is vital due to the limited tech support personnel to machine ratio we have. I'd started to plan for upgrading about 18 months ago but for a variety of reasons that I won't go into I am no further forward.
36Degrees (22nd January 2013)
Thanks. I've looked at the document I found on there from January 2012 (17910) but that indicates XP 32-bit will be supported on the Summer update. I wondered if there was a newer SIMS Technical Roadmap or if I'm reading it wrong.
Sure that was linked on Edugeek very recently (just before Christmas I think). I'd look but tackling Visio currently
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