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Windows XP migration projects lag as Microsoft support deadline looms

Few companies have removed all trace of Windows XP from their infrastructure, even though Microsoft's support for the operating system will soon come to an end.
Few firms have eradicated use of Windows XP in their organisation, despite the looming end of Microsoft's support for the aged operating system.

Microsoft will end support for the now-antique but still extremely popular desktop OS on 8 April next year, after which date no new patches or bug fixes will be issued.

But according to research conducted in October, only a third of the IT decision makers who planned to migrate their remaining Windows XP devices before April next year are "extremely confident" that they will complete the migration in time.

Another third said they were "not even close" to having the migration complete and a fifth said they are only partway through the project and would complete it after Microsoft support had ended.

Only six percent of respondents said they had already migrated all their devices from XP.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents to the survey, sponsored by VMware and Dell, said they would be migrate their devices to Windows 7.

According to the survey, organisations have an average of 24 business-critical applications that only run on Windows XP, including finance, ERP and CRM packages.

Of the organisations that had completed their migrations, three-quarters said the project took a year, while the remainder took longer than that. 

Reasons for not migrating so far include the level of disruption it would cause to the business - mentioned by 42 percent - as well as the cost, cited by 34 percent.

Analysts have warned that if organisations leave migration from XP too late, they risk security threats to the unpatched operating system and may make rash cloud choices as result

However, it's also possible that because they need to move away from XP, companies may be more willing to adopt cutting-edge technologies previously unavailable, such as Chromebooks, tablets or Linux.

The research questioned 250 IT decision makers including CIOs, IT directors and IT managers in private and public sector organisations with more than 250 employees in the UK.

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8 comments
jfrankl1
jfrankl1

Virtualization is the way to go until the pull the plug on Windows 7

trygarr1
trygarr1

Our small University has about 1 million dollars worth of analytical instruments running Win95, Win98, WinNT and WinXP.  Insturment upgrades are financially impossible.  Manufacturers do not issue driver updates after the instruments are sold because they want you to buy new ones.  Our IT department will be pulling the network/printing plug on all our instruments in the Spring.  A sad day for our science departments.

mlderr
mlderr

Cost, product offerings, and implementation.    From a deployment standpoint MSoft is a huge headache now.  We used to use Ghost and rollout machines quickly and effortlessly.  For me as the reseller, I WANT to sell the end user everything that they need to use, I MAKE MONEY.  So, Msoft, why make registration, and activation more painfull?  Are we really stopping piracy in China?  Windows 8 - rollout for businesses - are you kidding.  Do the tellers at the bank need to be "in touch" with anything except work?  "Cost" also relates to ~ you are buying new hardware(350$) with 7-pro (145$), with office for business ($299)...does your old laser printer work or does that need upgraded too?  Do I have to buy new client licenses for VNC Enterprise so that I have a version that is Win-7 compatible....  yes, yes, yes

devzero
devzero

Am I the only one that thinks Microsoft pricing in business land isn't really that bad?

Considering how essential the platform is to modern business, I don't really think the costs are that extreme. It is a great time to move to a newer, faster operating system and take advantaged of new hardware technology whilst your at it.

Clever planning of infrastructure upgrades mitigates most of the cost. 

carlsf
carlsf

SORRY but MS fees and prices are off the planet.

Windows 8/8.1 is NOT a starter for us (115), it is a abomination of a O/S METRO is a PIG.

When we move it will be away from Microsoft products and platform.


richard
richard

The cost to move to newer windoze versions is extortionate. New hardware and accessories are needed. XP will continue to run for the foreseeable future. It is ONLY the m$ support that is ending. 

sh10453
sh10453

@devzero :

Apparently you have an unlimited budget, or you live in some fantasy island!

Take a look, for a simple example at "trygarr1"'s entry.