Other clues added to Sarwate's skepticism about an XP resurrection. "Some of them are pretty old," he said of the dozen vulnerabilities that Microsoft patched. "They cleaned the house, if you will. This is purely a guess, but I think [the releases were] a one-time deal. I don't think that in the coming months we'll see more Windows XP patches."
Goettl was less sanguine about Microsoft's decision to patch Windows XP. Although he was certain the old OS remains retired, he sensed that Microsoft opened a small Pandora's Box.
"There's a risk that in trying to help by patching, they're encouraging bad behavior," Goettl said, of potential distrust of Microsoft's once-rock solid support stance. "It was a good gesture on Microsoft's part, to reduce [users'] risk level, but it does send a mixed message."
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