Windows 98 Users Face Increased Security Risk, Says Study
UPDATED: Research paper warns companies running Microsoft Windows 98 that they face an increased risk of a network security breach when Microsoft retires the product at year's end.A new research paper to be released on Thursday is warning those companies still running Microsoft Windows 98 that they face an increased risk of a network security breach when Microsoft retires the product at the end of this year. The study, released by Ottawa-based AssetMetrix Research Labs and titled, "Usage Analysis & Risks of Obsolete Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows 95 & Windows 98," points out that while Microsoft Corp. is preparing to retire a number of its flagship products, there are still a large number of PCs in the corporate environment running Windows 98 and Windows 95. Inventory data of more than 372,000 PCsfrom some 670 companies with between 10 and 49,000 employeesfound that more than 80 percent of these companies were still using Windows 98 and/or Windows 95.
"On January 16th, 2004, Microsoft Windows 98 enters the non-support portion of its support lifecycle. Windows 98 is considered obsolete, and security-based hot fixes will not be generally available for users of Windows 98 or Windows 98-Second Edition," said Steve OHalloran, managing director of AssetMetrix Research Labs.