Windows XP

Windows XP is eleven years old now and Microsoft have said that it is time to wave the old operating system goodbye, as people turn to the next Windows services. Microsoft have recently sent out emails to businesses still running Windows XP, telling them that their support will run out.

Windows XP will expire on April 8th, 2014, still quite a milestone away, but nonetheless not far if a large business wants to change the operating system and teach every user how to work on the interface, provided they haven’t already used Windows 7 or 8 at home.

Windows XP

Microsoft have been offering advice about changing to Windows 7 or Windows 8, keeping Vista out of the equation. As we all know, Windows Vista was detrimentally a flop for Microsoft, with less than 5% upgrading to it after Windows XP.

In June, Microsoft said that 25% of all users were still on Windows XP, an astonishing amount; this was even higher with businesses, at around 60%. Since then, a lot have moved to Windows 7, but 40% of businesses are still running Windows XP.

Camwood, a UK third-party based IT organization said this; “Whatever the true number, there is still a huge number of companies that need to migrate. The end of Windows XP support is a potential time bomb, and the clock is ticking. With all the potential compatibility and security issues looming from legacy systems, businesses need to understand migration is a necessary step to secure their valuable data.”

Windows 7 migration is happening, albeit rather slowly, but Windows 8 does not seem to be the business organization favorite, even with the new security features that enhance working. We find that the Start screen on Windows 8 may put many businesses off, as the platform seems very informal.

We wonder what percentage will still be running Windows XP a year or two from now, are businesses just starting the movement, or will they keep using Windows XP until the bitter end?