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Microsoft is due to end extended support for NT 4.0 on 31 December. The move poses a problem for IT directors in UK corporates, many of whom still have large numbers of NT machines. The Tif workshop aims to address their concerns.
Tif members, who comprise IT leaders from large user organisations, are concerned because there will be no patching or bug fixing for NT 4.0 after 2004. Most do not want to get rid of their NT 4.0 systems in a hurry because of the huge upheaval and cost that could incur.
Other companies that are not Tif members are almost certainly affected too. This issue is bringing big-spending IT users from across the industry together to examine their response.
For example, earlier this month, speaking at the Protecting Critical Information Infrastructure Initiative (PCII) conference, John Meakin, group head of global security at Standard Chartered Bank, spoke of the difficulties of running a large number of NT 4.0 machines since Microsoft announced it was no longer going to support the operating system.