The ICO and Gartner have both warned of the security dangers in the continued use of Windows XP. The software platform is expected to become a prime target for malware when support terminates and hackers begin to exploit unpatched or newly discovered vulnerabilities. Microsoft will continue to offer antivirus signatures and security scanning from Security Essentials until at least July 2015 but antivirus typically only stops a small percentage of new malware. Every new vulnerability found in Windows 7 or 8 which is not patched in XP could potentially pose a threat and become a zero day attack.
Cloud-based software services could rise to become a contender to the software licensing model. As services transition to the cloud and the client device transitions from a fully operational personal computer to a dumb terminal, users will no doubt begin to ask why they should continue to expose themselves to security vulnerabilities, maintenance licensing costs, and the additional software costs that constitute the majority cost of a client operating system. By jettisoning the client device, the enterprise can massively reduce the requirement for processing power and stands to benefit from a hugely increased client hardware life-cycle or desktop extension program.
“The end-of-life of Windows XP isn’t just the death throes of a software service; it’s potentially the death knell for the software licensing model. There is an over-reliance upon the software service provider to ensure sustained support which creates an unhealthy dependency. But I wonder how much of these client licenses are dedicated to the provision of a web browser? Will the user need such client licenses anymore if they are purely using the Cloud? The Cloud is no longer a nascent market, and advances in how data is handled and secured now mean this is a viable alternative to established software services housed on the end device. Potentially, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t see a mass migration to the Cloud and this could render the licensing model obsolete,” said Louise T. Dunne, Managing Director, Auriga.
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