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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Summer 2014

JIC Staff Upgrades Judiciary to Windows

The Judicial Information Center (JIC) recently completed the upgrade of 1,189 judicial branch computers and laptops from Windows XP to Windows 7. The upgrade was necessitated by Microsoft's announcement last spring that it would no longer support Windows XP. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft released their last "Patch Tuesday" for Windows XP and Office 2003, leaving computers that operate on those systems vulnerable to hackers and malicious software. Patch Tuesday is the second Tuesday of each month, when Microsoft releases the newest fixes for its Windows operating system and related software applications. Windows XP was one of Microsoft's most popular operating systems for over 12 years, even as upgrades such as Windows 7 and Windows 8 became available. Microsoft's announcement that it would discontinue its support for Windows XP, no longer providing security and software updates, leaves Microsoft users who still use Windows XP at risk.

Microsoft's announcement presented a security dilemma for Delaware's Department of Technology and Information. Of the State's 20,000 computers, approximately 1,833 belong to the Courts. JIC helpdesk staff members physically worked on or replaced court computers that still utilized Windows XP. The Courts have now successfully completed the transition from XP Windows to Windows 7 and secured their databases.