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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-12-11 Print this article Print

The study also suggests that companies ensure that all their PCs, regardless of operating system, have the latest Microsoft Security hot fixes and that they identify the magnitude of Windows 95 and Windows 98 via a PC inventory. "Any Windows 95 or 98-based PC with access to the Internet (including mobiles that leave the company network) should be candidates for migrating to Windows XP or Windows 2000. Companies should also determine if installations of Windows 2000 or Windows XP are covered under a Microsoft Volume Licensing Agreement," it says.
To help its customers with this, AssetMetrix, the Labs parent company, will on Thursday announce a new asset management service known as Win98-Exodus, designed to help corporations identify PCs running Windows 98 and Windows 95 and help them develop a migration strategy toward Windows 2000 and Windows XP.
Steve OHalloran, the author of the report, also told eWeek that the report was "not sanctioned, sponsored or even suggested by any other third party. Other than buying Microsoft software and a few MSDN subscriptions, we have no formal relationship with Microsoft. We also have no corporate institutional investors. so it truly is an independant study. "Companies need to be better informed about the potential security risks associated with using Windows 98 or Windows 95 within their corporate environment. With Win98-Exodus, AssetMetrix customers can view the details of any PC within their organization that is running either Windows 95, 98 or NT. "They can then drill down to detailed reporting on the individual components of each PC, assign pricing values for each required hardware or software component upgrade, estimate labor time and cost, as well as viewing application compatibility reporting for each PC," said Jeff Campbell, the president of AssetMetrix. Editors Note: This story was updated to include additional information and comments from the author.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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