IT Life After Microsoft Ends Windows XP Support

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 02-10-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.

 
 
 
  • Awareness of Windows XP End-of-Life Deadline

    Almost two in 10 IT pros are still unaware of issue. Aware of April 8, 2014 deadline for Windows XP support: 81%, Unaware of April 8, 2014 deadline for Windows XP support: 19%
    Awareness of Windows XP End-of-Life Deadline
  • Percentage of Computers Currently Running Windows XP

    A significant number of Windows XP computers are still operating in the enterprise. None to less than ten percent: 23%, Ten percent: 26%, Twenty to fifty percent: 27 %, Fifty to one hundred percent: 23%
    Percentage of Computers Currently Running Windows XP
  • Approximate Number of Machines Running Windows XP

    Organizations with less than 50 Windows XP computers represent about half of the respondents. None: 15%, One to ten: 28%, Eleven to fifty: 24%, Fifty-one to hundred: 9%, One hundred or more: 25%
    Approximate Number of Machines Running Windows XP
  • Do You Anticipate a Need to Keep Machines Running Windows XP After Microsoft ends support?

    Slightly less than half will go it alone after Microsoft ends XP support. No: 53%, Yes: 48%
    Do You Anticipate a Need to Keep Machines Running Windows XP After Microsoft ends support?
  • Why Do You Need to Keep Machines Running Windows XP?

    Many Windows XP applications don't lend themselves to Windows 7 or 8. Compatibility with other machines: 74%, Budget and cost: 42%, Not enough time to execute migration: 22%
    Why Do You Need to Keep Machines Running Windows XP?
  • What's Your Plan for Supporting Windows XP After the Microsoft End-of-Life Deadline?

    Vast majority of organizations intend to go it alone, without Microsoft or third-party support. Support internally: 75%, Still finalizing plan: 23%, Third-party support: 9%
    What's Your Plan for Supporting Windows XP After the Microsoft End-of-Life Deadline?
  • When Upgrading From Windows XP, What OS Will Be Deployed?

    Despite being a slick operating system, there is not a lot of enterprise enthusiasm for Windows 8. Windows 7: 72%, Windows 8: 14%, Undecided: 10%, Macintosh OS/X: 4%
    When Upgrading From Windows XP, What OS Will Be Deployed?
  • What Percent of Hardware Will Need to be Refreshed or Upgraded as Part of the Upgrade?

    About a quarter of organizations are looking as major system upgrades. None: 28%, Ten percent: 18%, Twenty percent: 12%, Thirty percent: 10%, Forty percent: 6%, Fifty percent or more: 27%
    What Percent of Hardware Will Need to be Refreshed or Upgraded as Part of the Upgrade?
  • What Will Your New Client Operating System Look Like?

    The retirement of Windows XP doesn't appear to be causing many organizations to embrace desktop virtualization. Mostly physical machines: 49%, All physical machines: 39%, Mostly virtual desktop infrastructure: 12%, All virtual machines: 5%
    What Will Your New Client Operating System Look Like?
  • Will a Lack of Windows XP Support Push Your Organization to the Cloud?

    It'll take more than the forced retirement of an aging operating system to make that occur for most of the respondents. No: 83%, Yes: 18%
    Will a Lack of Windows XP Support Push Your Organization to the Cloud?
 
 
 
 
 
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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