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Compliance: The Surprising Gift Of Windows XP
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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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6/3/2014 | 3:17:51 PM
Interesting Y2K analogy
Hi Glenn. I take your point that Y2k presented a unique opportunity for organizations to spend money and update antiquated computer systems -- and perhaps the same will hold true for the end of life support for XP. Still, if my memory servers me correctly, there was much more of a doomsday sentiment surrounding Y2k. With XP organizations can ignore and keep using, pull off line, or continue with their traditional desktop refresh cycles until they are fully replaced. 
gphillips35101
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gphillips35101,
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6/5/2014 | 9:33:37 AM
Re: Interesting Y2K analogy
Hi Marilyn, I agree with you that Y2K had much more of a doomsday sentiment and for a number of reasons. Still, XP end-of-support is one of the rate "events" similar to Y2K since Y2K. I have small business clients finally updating computers and our large clients have been even more focused on the task.

There is even more focus in organizations with compliance requriements, where waiting until a refesh cycle completes is not an option. And if they have a proper refresch cycle, they should not have hit this deadline with any XP computers. There is not the general public fear of course but it is still one of the rare events that was not ignored. Thanks!! G
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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6/5/2014 | 9:42:04 AM
Re: Interesting Y2K analogy
Great points all! Plus, there's one other difference, that just occurred to me. In the runup to Y2k (1999-2000), compliance regs like HiPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley weren't even on the drawing board. Those laws came into existence later in the decade. 


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