While developers at Microsoft Corp. may be celebrating that they finished work on Service Pack 2 (SP2) for Windows XP, IT departments around the world now face the question of whether they should update their systems, or not.
IBM Corp., for one, is holding off on installing the security focused update for Windows XP. In a note headlined “To patch — or not to patch” posted Friday on its corporate intranet, IBM tells its employees not to download SP2 when it becomes available because of compatibility issues. A copy of the note was obtained by IDG News Service.
“While this patch may be good news for other Microsoft Windows XP owners, IBM is directing XP users not to install SP2,” the note states. With close to 400,000 desktops, IBM is a very large Microsoft customer.
“IBM’s large number of Web applications will need to be tested and some modified to work correctly with SP2. Currently, some high profile, business-critical applications are also known to conflict with SP2,” IBM tells its employees in the note. “When the current issues and concerns have been addressed, IBM will deploy a customized version of SP2.”
An IBM spokeswoman declined to comment on the company’s internal IT issues.
IBM alerted its users on the same day Microsoft started the process of delivering SP2 to end users by announcing release to manufacturing (RTM) of the service pack. The Windows XP update will be available soon through downloads, retail distribution and free CDs, as well as on new PCs. A network installation package will be available for enterprise users.
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