IT Life After Microsoft Ends Windows XP Support

By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 02-10-2014 Email

With Microsoft ending its free support of Windows XP on April 8, IT organizations that have not yet upgraded from the 12-year-old operating system are mulling their options. A new survey of 1,070 IT professionals conducted by Evolve IP, a provider of cloud computing services, finds that a significant number of Windows XP systems are still running despite Microsoft's efforts to get enterprise customers to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8. (It's estimated that between 20 and 30 percent of the computers in the world were running Windows XP in Dec. 2013.) The IT organizations that plan to upgrade are overwhelming moving to Windows 7, but there's still a substantial percentage of IT organizations that, for one reason or another, plan to continue running the Windows XP after Microsoft stop providing automatic updates and security patches in early April. (After that date, Microsoft will provide XP support to business customers for a fee.) The survey also makes clear that while CIOs at these organizations may one day embrace desktop virtualization and cloud computing, it won't be because of the retirement of Windows XP.

Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.


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